This is a beautiful trio made by Coalport around 1815. The trio consists of a teacup, a coffee cup and one saucer. In the late 18th and early 19th Century, cups and saucers were sold in these trios - as you would never drink tea and coffee at the same time, why invest in an extra saucer? 

 

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. Many of their items are now collectors' items and this particular pattern is desired because of its wonderful freshness and simplicity.

 

The trio is made of finely potted and very white bone china. The shape is called "Empire" and looks a bit like the elegant but simple dresses of the ladies at that time. This pattern, with the number 629, is an early pattern that was used for many years - I recently sold some items from the mid-1820s with the same pattern. It is still desired because it is so cheerful, fresh and simple. 

 

A charming detail about this trio is that the cobalt blue, which was applied under the glaze, has smudged a bit. The gilder decided to do something about it and painted it over with a gilt lattice where ever possible - see pictures.

 

CONDITION REPORT The trio is in excellent condition without any damage, repairs or crazing. Its only flaw is that the gilt is rubbed in places - please study the pictures carefully. The rubbing is 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 teacup 5cm (2") high and 9.2cm (3.5") diameter; coffee cup 7.2cm (2.75") high and 7.6cm (3") diameter at the rim; saucer 14.2cm (5.5") diameter.

 

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 trio, patt. 629 on Empire shape, ca 1815

SKU: A-COA168
£145Price
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