This is a dessert plate made by Coalport in about 1840. It was made in the well-known "basic moulded" shape and was decorated with hand painted flowers. This plate would have belonged to a large dessert service.
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 made in the early Victorian period, which was the period of the Rococo Revival. It would have belonged to a large dessert service and these "basic-moulded" plates were very popular as they allow the decorations to pop off the plate; Coalport made them in many different ground colours and painted patterns.
The rim of the plate has a bright pink ground colour, picked off with beautiful fine gilding. There are various flower arrangements both on the rim and in the centre of the plate.
CONDITION REPORT The plate is in good antique condition with no damage or crazing; however, it does have wear: there is some wear on the surface, rubbing to the gilt on the edges, and there are a few scrapes of the porcelain on the edge, with might be from production. The plate is potted slightly wobbly, which was often the case with plates of this era as it was all handwork. The imperfections are reflected in the price - please study the pictures carefully.
The plate is unmarked, as was often the case with items of this period, except for the impressed size number 5.
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) 22cm (8.5").
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