$900 the pair
A pair of Bloor Derby armorial plates from a dinner service commissioned for the marriage in 1821 of Charles John Kemeys-Tynte, of Cefn Mably in Co. Glamorganshire, Wales, and of Halsewell, Somerset, and Elizabeth Swinnerton, daughter an co-heir of Thomas Swinnerton of Butterton Hall, Staffordshire. Size: 8 1/8 inches diameter. Marked with the scarce gold painted Derby crossed batons and crown mark, which was reserved for high quality, commissioned porcelain at Derby. Each plate is adorned with an elaborate hand painted armorial that combines the arms of Tynte and Kemeys quartering Halsewell, Wharton and another with the arms of Swinnerton quarterly in pretense. Charles Tynte was elected Member of Parliament for West Somerset in 1832, and, in 1847, he was elected MP for Bridgwater. He died in 1882 at the age of 82. Part of this service sold at Sotheby's, London in April 2004, and an ice pail, formerly in the collection of Nelson A. Rockefeller, was sold by Sotheby's, New York, in April 2000. Examples from this service are also part of the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Derby Museum. Condition: minor wear to gilding and to the horn of a unicorn on one plate, and with a tight short hairline at rim of one plate.