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Rare ! 12 Minton for Tiffany Pate sur Pate Plates

15.00 LBS
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An elegant and wonderful find featuring the pinnacle of porcelain artistry. This complete set of 12 Minton, England for Tiffany’s Pate-sur-Pate luncheon or dessert plates decorated by the legendary Alboin Birks dates to 1923 – 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 celeste blue 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.

For serious enquiries, please contact Lori at 617 510 3890 or Lori@devonia-antiques.com

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