This is a beautiful and highly collectable serving dish made by Coalport around the year 1815. 


Coalport was one of the leading potters in the 19th and 20th Century. Founded by the brothers John and Thomas Rose in 1795 in the new town of Coalport in Shropshire just over the border with Staffordshire, they were the peers and competitors of the great Staffordshire potters such as Spode, Ridgway and Minton, and came out with many innovative designs. Many of their items are now collectors' items. Thomas Rose started his own pottery across the canal from John Rose, but it was John Rose who would build the more successful pottery. 


This dish would have been part of a large dessert service. It is a very rare pattern; I have had a coffee cup in this pattern once but it is hardly ever seen.


The decoration is striking and seems inspired by the French Sevres style: a bright apple green ground with white panels left open for sublime hand painted birds. Any empty space in the design has additional little birds and bugs, from butterflies to ladybugs, dotted across. The apple green ground is further decorated with muted dark green garlands, which give the dish a very French style. 


There is no marking on the cup other than the number 99 (or is it 66?), which is not a pattern number but possibly the number of the size or the thrower who shaped the dish. It is likely that this dish was part of one of the many services that John Rose had decorated in London by very high quality decorators; many of Coalport's best items of this period were decorated in London and they don't always carry a pattern number. This makes the dish highly collectable; it would be a wonderful gift to an antiques lover, and a unique addition to any collection.


CONDITION REPORT The dish is structurally in excellent condition, but it has had a lot of wear and unfortunately the green ground has been touched up at some point in time with an emulsion that has discoloured (see last picture). The dish is also crazed. There is, however, no damage and no structural repairs.


The wear on this dish has been reflected in the price.


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): 19.5cm (7 3/4") X 21cm (9").


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 square dish, hand painted birds, ca 1815

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