This is a cabinet plate made by Coalport in the year 1900. The plate was painted by the famous landscape painter Ted Ball. The plate looks stunning but has a crack, and it is therefore offered at a reduced price As Found (A/F).

 

Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th Century Staffordshire. They worked alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport and Minton, and came out with many innovative designs. When we say "Coalport" we usually think of the one Coalport factory that became famous, but in its beginning years there were two factories, one run by John Rose and the other by his brother Thomas Rose. Thomas Rose went into partnership with Robert Anstice and Robert Horton and they were located directly opposite John Rose, across the canal. The brothers' factories had much in common with each other and they shared many different shapes and patterns. Ultimately, the John Rose factory proved more profitable and John Rose bought Thomas' factory in 1814, making it the one Coalport factory that became so famous. The Coalport factory went through several changes throughout the 19th Century, and in the year 1900 it was under the ownership of Charles Bruff, who put great focus on the skills of his decorators and produced a large number of decorative items. 

 

This plate was potted with a gadrooned rim. It was decorated with a deep underglaze cobalt blue ground, and has very rich raised gilding on top of the glaze. The centre of the plate holds a little river landscape in pink and purple hues, painted by Ted Ball. Ball was born in 1873 and had only just started at Coalport (in 1898) and was to become the main landscape painter for the next few decades. His paintings can be recognised by their romanticism, hinting at moody landscapes of Scottish, Welsh and Irish moors and lochs, often in the pink and purple hues you can see on this plate.

 

The gilding on this plate is of superb quality; this was one of the special skills Coalport had cultivated in the late 19th Century and it was very popular among the late Victorians and Edwardians. This plate would have been part of a large dessert service, but it is questionable if it would actually have been used and this plate certainly looks like it has never been handled; there is no wear.

 

CONDITION REPORT The plate looks stunning and has no wear, but it is crazed and has a crack through the middle that is mainly visible from the back, hardly from the front. 

 

The plate is marked with the green crowned Coalport mark that was used between 1891 and 1920; it has an impressed year cipher for the year 1900 and a painted pattern number X.1995.

 

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.

Coalport cabinet plate, landscape patt. X.1995 by Ted Ball, 1900 A/F

SKU: A-COA133
£135Price
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