This is a beautiful dessert plate made by Coalport between 1820 and 1825. The plate would have belonged to a large tea or dessert service and you can only imagine the colours of a full table decked out in this blue colour! The plate might have been used as a teapot stand - it has three faint rubbing marks on its face that would have been the feet of a footed teapot of that era.
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.
The plate has a striking sky blue rim, beautiful gilding and stunning hand painted flower posies. The rim is "gadrooned", which was a technique borrowed from silverwork - many of the first British potters had been silversmiths so they borrowed some of the typical silverwork shapes for their new pottery industry. Around the year 1820 there was a real fashion for this kind of rim.
CONDITION REPORT The plate is in excellent antique condition without any damage or crazing. There is some slight rubbing to the gilt and the images. There is a tiny bit of glazing missed out on the underside of the rim - this looks like a very small chip but on closer inspection it seems to be from production.
The plate is unmarked, as was often the case with items of this period, except an impressed, slightly looped "2", which was used between 1820 and 1825.
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 (diameters): 23cm (9").
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