This is a very gorgeous plate made by Coalport between 1815 and 1820. The plate bears the famous and very wonderful bird pattern with the number 759. Panels with stunning hand painted birds are set in a cobalt blue background with rich gilt decoration.
Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th Century, coming out with many innovative designs. The pottery emerged around the year 1800 in Shropshire, right on the edge of Staffordshire and near other great makers such as Spode, Minton, Davenport and many others. They went on to become a major potter in the 19th Century and brought out many iconic designs.
This plate was originally a teapot stand, and the way we can know that is the nature of the wear: you can clearly see the rubbing marks of the four feet of a teapot.
The stunning thing about pattern 759 is that each bird is different, as well as each flower formation. This particular version of the pattern is special in that it has more gilt detail than usual, which makes it very stunning. All birds and flowers are painted carefully in their own colours; they are all different species. Each bird is an individual with its own expression; in fact I once had a large dinner service in this pattern and I counted more than 20 of these birds, all of them unique! The flower formations are spectacular too; they reveal many different flowers, all painted realistically.
CONDITION REPORT The plate is in excellent antique condition without any damage or crazing. The only flaw is that it has the rubbing marks of the teapot, which you can see clearly in the pictures.
The plate is unmarked, as was often the case with items of this period.
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. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1900s, and this could lead to imperfections in the body and the glaze of the item.
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 (diameters): 21.5cm (8.5").
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Coalport plate, pattern 759 birds and flowers, 1815-1820