English Staffordshire Aesthetic Movement Gilded Hand Painted Hummingbird Plate George Jones


Brand George Jones & Sons

Aesthetic Movement Victorian Staffordshire 

George Jones and Sons

Circa 1886

This stunning plate was made by George Jones. It features 3 intricately hand painted hummingbirds fluttering amongst gilded, raised gold leaves and grasses.  It is scalloped and fluted around the rim.  The detail is stunning as is its condition, giving that it is over 125 years old.  It dates to the Aesthetic Movement which you can read about here:

Absolutely gorgeous detail!



Such a delicate little hummingbird
I saw fluttering to and fro'
Level eye, she flew right by
Then suddenly dove for the flowers below

I could only watch in muse
Remaining myself ever so discreet
As she partook of nectar
That lay in growth nearest my feet

I knew that I should dare not move
Lest she would surely fly away
How amazed I was by this dainty creature...
And hoped that she, at length, would stay

Ere she sipped from bloom to bloom-
All the while, so utterly unaware
That I did stand in pure delight
As before me, she hovered mid-air

Once again she dove below
And took her final fill
Then began she did to ascend away
As I just stood there - still

She grew smaller and smaller
Quickly flown from my eyes reach
I shouted out with glee to her
"Please come again and sip near me"

©2001 Nancy Roberts

The company began operation in c.1864 at Stoke Upon Trent at the Trent Potteries Works as George Jones and in 1873 became George Jones & Sons Ltd. They produced gorgeous majolica and earthen wares.
In 1907 the works was renamed Crescent Potteries.
George Jones died in 1893.

Measures  appx 8 1/2” 
Condition: No chips or cracks  There is fine crazing.   Some gold loss around the rim.