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Coalport Porcelain Plate, Cobalt Blue and Spectacular Flowers, Regency 1820-1825

$650

About

This is a beautiful dessert plate made by Coalport between 1820 and 1825.  Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th century Staffordshire. They worked alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport and Minton, and came out with many innovative designs. When we say "Coalport" we usually think of the one Coalport factory that became famous, but in its beginning years there were two factories, one run by John Rose and the other by his brother Thomas Rose. Thomas Rose went into partnership with Robert Anstice and Robert Horton and they were located directly opposite John Rose, across the canal. The brothers' factories had much in common with each other and they shared many different shapes and patterns. Ultimately, the John Rose factory proved more profitable and John Rose bought Thomas' factory in 1814, making it the one Coalport factory that became so famous. Many of the Coalport items, of either factory, are now collectors' items. This plate would have been part of a large dessert service. It was potted in heavy porcelain and has a strongly gadrooned rim. It has a beautiful underglaze cobalt blue ground with a lavish gilt Regency pattern on top of the glaze. In the centre of the plate is a large and stunningly beautiful flower bouquet, painted by what must have been one of Coalport's best painters (although we don't know who). These flower bouquets were popular at the time and you can find them in many different qualities, but this one is certainly painted by a master painter; the freedom, colours and diversity of the flowers is exceptional. The plate is marked with the impressed "2" that Coalport used at the time. Condition Report: The plate is in excellent condition without any crazing and very little wear. There is one chip off the rim that has been overpainted with gilt paint (see last picture). Interestingly, there is no other damage, leaving the plate still looking stunning. 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: 23.5cm (9.25") diameter.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Diameter: 9.25 in. (23.5 cm)
  • Style
    Regency (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1820-1825
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In good condition without crazing and very little wear; one gilded-over chip as visible in the last picture.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A-COA2061stDibs: LU4805119602662

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    $110 Standard Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 1-3 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

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

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