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Victorian dessert plates were often splendidly decorated—as though the end of the meal required extra festivity. This service originally included 12 plates, each decorated with a different tropical bird and its nest, 11 remain in the collection. The set was purchased by the Fricks in 1884 from luxury firm Davis Collamore & Co. of New York City, a competitor of Tiffany & Co. In the Victorian era, the dessert course consisted of fruit, cheese and crackers, bonbons, and a variety of baked goods.

Details

  • Title: Dessert plate
  • Creator: Copeland
  • Date: 1883/1883
  • Location Created: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Medium: Porcelain with overglaze enamels and gilt

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