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Exquisite Minton for Tiffanys Pate sur Pate Plates
This is one of, if not the absolute finest set of porcelain we’ve ever had the pleasure of displaying in our store. The pinnacle of porcelain artistry. This complete set of 12 Minton for Tiffany’s Pate-sur-Pate dinner plates decorated by the legendary Alboin Birks dates to 1925 – the height of the Gilded Age. Pate-sur-Pate is French for “Paste on Paste” a technique by which delicate, translucent and ethereal figures can be sculpted onto porcelain by painstakingly building up layer after layer of thinned porcelain slip until the figure emerged. A process of painting in three dimensions that no one did better than Minton and Birks, their master artisan who spent fifty years with the company. These were created just a decade before he retired, and four years before the Great Depression ended much of the market for such elegant porcelain. Each plate features elaborate hand-tooled raised paste gilding featuring Minton’s signature beaded swag and classical detailing on a cream ground. Three Pate-sur-Pate cameos on a cobalt ground adorn each plate and each cameo is individually signed by Alboin Birks. Pate-sur-Pate was the flagship of the great porcelain manufacturers. Few did it as well as Minton – none better. A museum quality set like this comes up for sale rarely, and to find a complete set of 12 in such pristine condition is an incredible find. We may never see its like again. For serious enquiries, please contact Lori at 617 510 3890


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