This is a set of plates made by Coalport in 1844 decorated in a beige ground with beautiful gilt detail and stunning botanical studies attributed to John Toulouse, who was a famous painter at Coalport.

 

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.

 

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 flowers atrributed to 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 plates are in excellent condition without any crazing or cracks. One plate has a scrape off the rim (see last picture) and there is some light wear here and there, as visible in the pictures.

 

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 22cm (8.5") in diameter.

Coalport set of 4 plates, flowers attr. John Toulouse, 1844

SKU: A-COA254
£650Price
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