Dessert Dish, c.1790
This dessert dish was made as a Chelsea replacement, and painted by William Billingsley. The painting of insects was in part an extension of the technique of floral painting. Insects, particularly butterflies, were added to a more elaborate floral composition and often disguised flaws in the glaze. Chinese or Japanese examples were the prototypes for the earliest designs.
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