Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 11

Chelsea Porcelain Plate, Hand Painted Flowers, Red Anchor, 18th Century

US$1,145

About

This is a beautiful plate made by Chelsea in circa 1755, which is known as the "Red Anchor" period of the factory. Chelsea was one of the very early adopters of porcelain in the British china industry. Founded in 1744 the Chelsea pottery was for about 40 years the leading maker of fine chinaware, excelling in their sense of style, perfection and constant innovation and inspiring many following generations of china makers. The company was started by French silversmith Nicholas Sprimont and you can see the influence of the French style of silverware in the shape of this feather-moulded plate, which was taken from an previous version in silver that Sprimont made early in his career. Chelsea items are very rare as production levels were still low at the time and of course many items simply have not survived. The Chelsea pottery was only in production for about 30 years, which further adds to the scarceness of the items; it is rare to come across Chelsea items. The plate is moulded in the "feathered" shape with fine feather-like shapes on the rim that have been picked out in puce and aquamarine green. This shape was inspired by the silver items that Nicholas Sprimont would have designed previously. There are very finely painted wild flowers dotted all over the plate; these are not placed in planned locations, but where ever there was a blemish to hide, as was usual at the time. This creates a very playful and spontaneous effect that would be impossible to design in a planned manner. This plate is marked with a red anchor mark, which dates it between 1753 and 1758. It also has a "Falcon House Collection" label, presumably of the collection it previously belonged to. Condition report: The plate is in perfect antique condition without any damage, repairs, crazing or significant wear. It has a little area of scraping under the glaze of the rim (see last picture), which happened during production. 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.e. 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: 21.5cm (8.5").

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: .5 in. (1.27 cm)Diameter: 8.5 in. (21.59 cm)
  • Style
    George II (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    MoldedPorcelain
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1750-1759
  • Date of Manufacture
    1755
  • Condition
    In perfect antique condition without damage, repairs, crazing or significant wear.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A-CHE061stDibs: LU4805119564272

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Free Shipping: Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 5-12 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in London, United Kingdom
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2016
1stDibs seller since 2019
109 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Chelsea Porcelain Cabinet Plates, Mid-18th Century
By Chelsea Porcelain
Located in Doylestown, PA
Three English Chelsea hand painted porcelain cabinet plates, circa 1756-1769 England. Rococo-style, decorated with assorted tropical birds and insects against a fish scale cobalt blu...
Category

Antique Mid-18th Century British George III Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of 18th Century Hand Painted Multi-Color Porcelain Decorative Dinner Plates
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Firenze, IT
These two beautiful and antique hand painted multi-colored porcelain dishes date back to 1700. Each plate has shaped rims with molded and trimmed relief, the white porcelain backgro...
Category

Antique 18th Century German Rococo Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Chelsea Porcelain Set of Six Botanical Dessert Plates, 18th Century
By Chelsea Porcelain
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chelsea Porcelain plates are painted in the center with a floral bouquet panel surrounded by a mazarine-blue border and fine gilt highlights of dentil work, fish scales, and flower-h...
Category

Antique Mid-18th Century English Georgian Serving Pieces

Materials

Porcelain

18th Century Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Plate
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th century Chinese blue and white porcelain plate.
Category

Antique 18th Century Chinese Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

18th Century English Porcelain Plate, Possibly New Hall
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th century English porcelain plate, possibly new hall.
Category

Antique 18th Century English Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

18th Century Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Octagonal Plate
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th century Chinese blue and white porcelain octagonal plate.
Category

Antique 18th Century Chinese Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

2 18th Century Antique Kangxi Blue & White Chinese Porcelain Plates Dish
Located in Dayton, OH
Two 18th century Chinese porcelain plates from the Kang Xi period featuring a pattern of leaves, flowers and pine cones.  
Category

Antique 18th Century Chinese Export Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Four Antique Royal Copenhagen Deep Plates in Porcelain with Hand-Painted Flowers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Four antique Royal Copenhagen deep plates in porcelain with hand-painted flowers and gold edge, Early 20th century. Model number 72/10515. Measures: 24.7 x 4.5 cm. In excellent co...
Category

Early 20th Century Danish Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery