(b London, 1718; d London 1780). English porcelain and glass painter. He was the son of a porcelain painter of the same name. James Giles became an independent painter in 1749, and decorated white porcelain, mostly made at Worcester but also made by other factories. His work is characterized by bold design, vivid colours, high-quality gilding and delicate painting in gold or enamels of floral or classical motifs. He also painted glass, specializing in opaque blue and white glass decorated in gilt.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.