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Giles, James

James Giles was a proprietor of a London atelier where porcelains and glass were decorated in the 1760s and 1770s. Giles was an outside decorator who in his London atelier is known to have decorated porcelain from several factories including Worcester as well as Chinese blanks. He was well known for covering up flaws in the porcelain with a painted insect or with scattered flowers in the European taste, as it was sometimes his custom to buy blanks that were flawed in the kiln. He has never been described as doing "clobbering" - his work was of the highest standard and was a complete concept, not just adding some enamels to already decorated Chinese porcelains.