This is a beautiful serving dish made by Barr, Flight & Barr between 1804 and 1813, which was the late Georgian or early Regency era. The dish carries the well known and popular brown grape vines pattern.

 

Barr, Flight & Barr was the continuation of the famous Worcester Porcelain Company. In fact the factory went through various partnerships and names, most of which involved either the name Barr, Flight, or both (or double!). This confusing period in the factory's existence is often called the "Flight & Barr" period. Eventually the factory absorbed some of its spin-offs and was turned into the Royal Worcester, which became very famous in the late 19th and 20th Centuries. During the late 18th and entire 19th Century they were among the leaders of china production, producing exceptionally finely painted and sculpted forms.

 

This dish is nicely shaped in a lozenge shape with a generously lobed rim. It would have belonged to a dessert service and is perfect for serving a slightly wet dessert such as trifle or steamed pears or apricots. The pattern is the famous and popular brown grape vines pattern; quintessentially Georgian and Regency in its sophisticated restraint and slight nod to the Classicist art that was just becoming very popular in that era. There is fine gilding throughout; both the paintings and the gilding were done exceptionally well.

 

The dish has the impressed and crowned BFB mark on the underside. 

 

CONDITION REPORT The dish is in very good condition without any crazing, repairs or damage. There is some wear, as visible in the pictures, and there is a knife mark through the main image in the centre of the piece.

 

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  26.5cm (10.5") X 18.5cm (7.25").

Barr Flight & Barr lobed lozenge dish, brown vines pattern, 1804-1813

SKU: A-WOR51
£325Price
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