Wedgwood ‘Frog’ Plate

1773

This is one piece from the huge dinner (680 pieces) and dessert (264 pieces) services, made for 50 people, commissioned from Wedgwood in 1773 by Empress Catherine the Great of Russia. It originally consisted of 944 pieces decorated with 1,222 hand-painted scenes of British gardens and landscapes.

This example shows a scene of Mount Edgcombe in Cornwall. Most of the remaining pieces of this service are held in The Hermitage in St Petersburg.

Acquired with the financial assistance of MGC/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and The National Art Collections Fund.

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