This is a beautiful Chelsea-Derby plate made in about 1775. The very charming decoration is by Richard Askew.


Chelsea was one of the first factories to make soft paste porcelain in Britain. Founded by the Walloon silversmith Nicholas Sprimont, the factory blossomed while Sprimont used his considerable talent to develop the as of yet new industry of porcelain production. The factory developed many styles of the highest technical and artistic quality, but after the death of Sprimont in 1864 the factory could not survive and was purchased by William Duysbury of Derby in about 1770. The incorporation of the genius of Sprimont's Chelsea factory enabled Derby to produce top quality items, and it went on to be a world famous leader in porcelain production even up till today. Many of the artists came to Derby, and they brought their skills with them. This plate is from this transition period; the style and decorator are from Chelsea, while the plate was made in Derby and carries the Derby mark.


Richard Askew (ca 1730-1798) was one of the famous artists who came from Chelsea and then moved to Derby in about 1772. He didn't only work for Chelsea and Derby, but also worked on a freelance basis for many others, and there is evidence that he advertised himself all over Britain and Ireland as a miniature painter.


This plate is from the transition period between 1773 and 1782; it carries a Derby mark but the style is still very linked to Chelsea. The plate has an interesting pattern that reminds you of the French-style "oeil de perdrix", although it actually consists of little roses. In the centre of the plate is a puce cherub who seems to be busy talking to a pair of doves. The cherub is a typical chubby fellow the way Richard Askew was known to paint them.


CONDITION REPORT The plate is in excellent condition without any damage, repairs or crazing, and just some light wear on the face as visible in the pictures.


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 diameter 23cm (9").


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.

Chelsea-Derby plate, cherubs by Richard Askew, ca 1775

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