F. Gadesden

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This large dish is decorated with six sunflowers depicted at different stages of maturity, from a bud to a fully opened bloom. The sunflower was a popular motif within the Aesthetic Movement, which embraced the concept that art should exist solely for its own sake, and sunflowers appear frequently on ceramics, furniture, and metalwork of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. This dish is signed by F. Gadesden, whose name is not recorded but who may have been an amateur ceramic painter working on a blank produced by a commercial kiln.

Charger, F. Gadesden, Earthenware, British

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