BARON WARD EARL DUDLEY Armorial Plates
Here is an exceptional pair of English armorial porcelain plates, with special raised gilding and intricate detail. Some of the best work from Chamberlains Worcester.
Probably made for William Ward, Viscount Ednam, 1st Earl Dudley 2nd Creation, of Witley Court, Worcester & Dudley House, Park Lane, Mayfair, London. (Not to be confused with John Ward). Old family seat was Dudley Castle.
William Ward "frizzle wig" made his fortune from 200 black country coal mines and became one of the richest men in England.
He was a benefactor and paid for the restoration of Worcester cathedral where his monument rests. Despite a devastating fire in 1937, the shell of the Victorian palace survives today as a spectacular ruin with restored parkland and monumental fountains maintained by English Heritage. Ward House is one of the few remaining private palaces in central London, recently valued at £200,000,000. Measurements: 9.25 Inches(23.5cm). Lady Ward was a noted beauty and famously lost valuable jewels at one of the London train stations.
Condition: Perfect condition, minute wear/crazing. International shipping available.
Probably made for William Ward, (1817-1885).
Photo: Witley Court by Craig Thornber.
creative commons licence.