Written by Franklin Browns on 24th September 2019.
It is always a privilege when we are asked to auction a private collection which has been lovingly amassed over the years. As luck would have it our forthcoming sale on Saturday 28th September includes a timeless collection of stunning hand painted fruit pattered porcelain from the Royal Worcester factory.
Each piece can be considered a unique and individual work of art that is the outcome of years of training and expertise. The fruit painters of Royal Worcester trained for up to 7 years before producing their works for sale, mastering their craft to allow Royal Worcester to establish itself as the top manufacturer of hand painted bone china. Only the finest and most decorative shapes were chosen for the fruit painter's designs, highlighting the high regard in which they and their work were held.
Many fruit artists are represented within Saturday's collection and include items by two of the most popular painters, Harry Ayrton and John Freeman. Both worked as fruit painters for Royal Worcester throughout the early 1900s. with Ayrton and joining in 1920 and Freeman later in 1925. Ayrton was most skillful at fruit painting and this was his main focus throughout the 1920s. Freeman, 'The Fruit Machine' was nicknamed as such due to the speed with which he could produce pieces, yet always at the high quality expected. He progressed to become the most prolific painter of his time and became the senior painter in the men's painting room.
These hand painted pieces have retained all of their quality over the years and remain timeless and enduring. Of the eighteen mouthwatering lots it is hoped that there will be something to whet the appetite!