Friday, February 7, 2014

Plates fit for a queen! Literally.

Commissioned by Catherine the Great of Russia in 1773, this 952-piece Frog Service was one of the most expensive commission that Wedgwood created.  Each piece was to display scenes from English estates which required 1244 illustrations (Hermitage states 1244 although Victoria & Albert museum states 1222).  The result was magnificent and fit for a queen!  The set included 680 dinner and 264 dessert pieces for 50 people.  But today, you don't have to be a queen of Russia to own some Frog Service pieces.  Wedgwood have decided to make special edition.  The frog is now gold instead of green and the edge of the plates are now gilded as well.  Who says you can't eat like a queen?

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