19th C. Wedgwood Armorial Plate - LaTour
19th C. Wedgwood Armorial Creamware Plate with armorial of LaTour impaling Young.
Dimensions: Approximately 10”
The border has a gilded edge and ornate gilt and red “Mosaic” diaper pattern.
The center has ornate armorials with motto: “Pour Dieu et Mon Pays”.
On the reverse are labels attributing the plate to the collection of Wedgwood scholar and collector Elizabeth Chellis.
There is also a label indicating that this plate was included in a 1965 Wedgwood exhibition at the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh Wisconsin.
The armorial is illustrated in Burke's "Heraldic Illustrations" at Plate CVII as those of De Latour.
Based on a plate from this pattern being illustrated and described in lot 63 of the catalog for Sotheby’s January 27, 1988 sale of Chinese Export Porcelain and English Pottery, the armorials are those of LaTour of Hexton House, Hertfordshire impaling Young of Elibank. That plate is Inscribed on the reverse “CAPT LATOUR May 16th, 1810”.
That catalog also states that a similar plate is illustrated by Jessie McNab, “Essentials of British Heraldry”, The Ninth Wedgewood International Seminar, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, April 23-25, 1964, p. 173, Fig. 4.
Condition: Some rubbing to gilding, otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.
A discussion of Wedgwood armorial wares can be found in Reilly, “Wedgwood, The New Illustrated Dictionary”, at pp. 25-26.