This is a stunning part dessert service made by Coalport in 1843. The original set would have consisted of many more items, but with six plates and one serving dish it is still a nice small dessert service. The items are decorated with stunning named flowers painted by John Toulouse.
 
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.
 
These items were made in the Rococo Revival period. They are very well potted and have very smooth glazing. The decoration, applied on a warm beige coloured ground, consists of stunning named flowers painted by John Toulouse. We don't know anything about Toulouse other than that he worked for Coalport in the 1840s and usually painted flowers and fruits on large dessert services such as this one. His name suggests that he might have been French, and the style of his painting has a certain formality and precision that is slightly different from many of his colleagues and is more like the French style - but we don't know. It is clear, however, that he was a very masterful painter as these flowers are beautiful. 
 
CONDITION REPORT The service is in perfect antique condition except one very small scrape on the edge of the Poppy plate. There are no chips, cracks or repairs. There is no crazing on any of the items, which is very unusual for Coalport items of this era. There are only very minor scratches to the surface and some very minor rubbing to the gilt.
 
The items are marked with the pattern number 4/744, as well as the name of each flower.
 
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 plates 22cm (8.5") in diameter, serving dish 25.5cm (10") diameter at widest point, including handle.
 
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 part dessert service, named flowers by John Toulouse, 1843

SKU: A-COA161
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