He specialised in exotic plants, fish and birds. When Minton attracted scores of French artists in the 1870s, Mussill was among them and became one of the most revered painters at the factory specialising in aquatic scenes, while in his spare time still producing highly prized watercolours and oil paintings. Mussill was influenced by James Bateman, the horticulturalist who introduced orchids to Britain, and painted the first studies of them. Mussill developed a ground-breaking technique of using underglaze colouring in his decorations, which gives them an extraordinary subtlety of colour and texture. Mussill later worked for Brown-Westhead, Moore & Co, exhibiting pieces in the 1889 Paris exhibition.
In his spare time, Mussill could often be found on the Duke of Sutherland's estate at Trentham Gardens or at James Bateman's estate Biddulph Grange, and his highly valued paintings can still be found at auctions today. This plate has a beautiful aquatic scene with sea shells in the centre. It is marked on the back with the puce Minton globe mark and the impressed cipher for the year 1891.
The image is not signed by the artist but this plate clearly belonged to the same service as the other plate in our collection, which is signed. CONDITION REPORT The plate is in perfect antique condition without any damage, repairs, crazing or wear other than the odd scratch that can be expected from an antique item. Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles.
British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled.I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account. There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i. A nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures. DIMENSIONS 24cm (9.5) diameter.
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