This is a stunning plate made by Coalport probably around the year 1870. The plate has a striking pink ground colour and was painted by a very famous artist William Cook.

 

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.

 

William Cook was one of Coalport's top painters, together with John Randall whom he co-created a lot of items with; Cook painting flowers and Randall painting birds. Cook worked at Coalport for most of his working life between 1843 and his death in 1876. He did not sign his items and his name is not often mentioned in the pattern books, but his style is unmistakable; the flowers are often identified as "painted in wet-looking enamels". Cook emulated the French Sevres style perfectly and this plate is such a plate; it has the bright pink ground colour, raised gilding and little flower arrangements in the rim panels. In the centre of the plate is a wonderful flower study that is very naturalistic and, indeeed, wet-looking, as if it was finished just half an hour ago. 

 

CONDITION REPORT The plate is in perfect antique condition without any damage, crazing or repairs. There is the very slightest wear to some of the pink at the edges of the ground colour, see pictures.

 

The plate is unmarked, as was often the case in this period. 

 

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): 24cm (9.5“).

 

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 plate, pink and painted by William Cook, ca 1870

SKU: A-COA118
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