This is a dessert plate made by Coalport in 1881. It was painted by the very famous porcelain painter John Randall, and it is a beautiful example of Randall's style in the last few years of his long career with Coalport.

 

I have two other plates from the same dessert service, see separate listing (and I have shown a picture of all three in this listing). All three plates have cracks and are sold As Found (A/F), which is reflected in their price.

 

Coalport was one of the pioneers of English china production alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport, Minton, Ridgway and others and they created very high quality tea and dinnerware. This plate is unmarked like most Coalport items; retailers wanted to keep secret where their stock was produced because they were worried that their customers would go to the potteries directly and cut out their trade.

John Randall was born in 1810 and trained in his uncle's decoration establishment, which was famous for decorating imported French wares in the Sèvres style, passing them on for Sèvres in the English market. He later moved to Coalport, where he spent nearly 50 years being one of Coalport's most celebrated painters. Apart from being a brilliant artist, he was also an amateur geologist and historian, wrote several books, and once his eyesight failed him, he spent the last years of life as the local Postmaster. Randall died in 1910 at the ripe age of 100, reportedly still a witty man with a bright mind.

 

Michael Messenger perhaps best described Randall's genius as an artist, describing his earlier, more traditional style: "These stylised birds are fairly easily imitated, of course, but already one can detect the beginnings of a distinctive style: the stippled foliage and, perhaps even more significant, the almost three-dimensional effect of depth through the dark tones used in the immediate foreground. No less apparent is the suggestion of suspended animation in the birds themselves, even in stylised forms such as these." (Country Life, 5th July 1973).

 

This plate has a spectacular painting of a large orange parrot sitting on a branch. Randall painted many birds, but birds of prey and parrots were his favourites.

The shape of the plate is nicely lobed, and there is a beautiful gilt "vermicelli" border with duck egg blue. This plate would probably have been part of a large dessert service with several footed comports.

 

Although this plate is in damaged condition, it would still make a wonderful addition to a Coalport or John Randall collection.

 

I currently have several Randall plates for sale (purchased from a collector, and not all of them listed yet), and will consider a discount for an interested collector who would like to take all of them.

 

The plate is marked with the blue crowned Coalport mark and it has an imprinted year mark for 1881.

 

CONDITION REPORT The plate is in damaged condition with is a discoloured crack that runs through the middle of the picture. Some of the duck egg blue band is discoloured. The plate is very crazed, like many Coalport items of this era. You can see these flaws clearly on the pictures, and they have been reflected in the price of the item.

 

Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. This set is relatively free from any firing specks but you will see a few very small specks under the glaze.

 

Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. If they are from the 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains 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 see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS (diameter): 24cm (9.5").

 

SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Cabinet plate, orange parrot by John Randall, Coalport 1881 A/F

SKU: A-COA65b
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