This is a beautiful octagonal dish made by Chelsea between 1753 and 1758.

 

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 Walloon silversmith Nicholas Sprimont and you can see the influence of the French style of silverware in many of their items.

 

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 40 years, which further adds to the scarceness of the items; it is rare to come across an item such as this.

 

This dish was potted from very heavy early porcelain. It is not shaped symmetrically; perhaps it sagged somewhat in the kiln, which could easily happen on a large item like this. The quality of the porcelain is very early, slightly irregular and with some pockmarks in the glazing. What is of high quality is the paintwork: although the flowers are large and perhaps not very refined, they are original and spontaneous, and each one has its own character.

 

The dish carries a puce Anchor mark, which was used briefly towards the end of the famous "Red Anchor" period, between 1753 and 1758.

 

CONDITION REPORT The dish is in fair condition but it has some damage: it has a clearly visible crack coming down from the rim in one of the corners, and there are various little nicks and rough places on the rim. However, overall the quality of the painting is still wonderful.

 

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. 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 23cm (9") X 19.5cm (7 3/4").

 

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 octagonal dish, puce anchor, 1753-1758

SKU: A-CHE03
£450Price
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