This is a beautiful dessert plate made by Coalport in about 1820. The plate is decorated with a pale yellow ground, an elegant gilt pattern and hand painted flowers.

 

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. Many of the Coalport items, of either factory, are now collectors' items.

 

This plate would have been part of a large dessert service. It was potted in smooth white porcelain and has a simple shape, as was popular up to about 1820. It has a beautiful pale yellow ground colour on the rim - this is quite rare and would have been very expensive, as yellow was difficult to fire at the time and producing an entire service like this would have resulted in many msifired items that had to be thrown out. There is an elegant, rather modest gilt pattern and panels of hand painted flowers.

 

The plate is unmarked except for an impressed "2", which was used between 1815 and 1825. The plate has an integrated ring on the back, so it can be hung safely.

 

CONDITION REPORT The plate is in excellent antique condition without any damage, crazing or repairs, and hardly any wear. Coalport blue flowers of the early 19th Century have often faded, but unusually, these are still bright, as are all other colours.

 

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  23cm (9") diameter

 

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Coalport plate, yellow ground with flowers, ca 1820

SKU: A-COA182
£145Price
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