This is a very gorgeous trio made by Coalport between 1815 and 1820. The set bears the famous and wonderful bird pattern with the number 759. Panels with stunning hand painted birds are set in a cobalt blue background with rich gilt decoration.
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.
The set is in the famous "London" shape with its iconic square handles. The stunning thing about this pattern is that each bird is different, as well as each flower formation. All are painted carefully in their own colours; they are all different species. Each bird is an individual; in fact I once had a large dinner service in this pattern and I counted more than 20 of these birds, all of them unique! The flower formations are spectacular too; they reveal many different flowers, all painted realistically. This set has especially bright green foliage around the birds, giving it extra warmth. Interestingly, the cup handles are gilded differently, pointing to the fact that people often would get replacements for broken items, and large services would end up with slightly different items.
CONDITION REPORT The set is in good antique condition with a few minor flaws, but no significant damage or wear. There is light crazing on both cups, and a little more on the plate - this is usually the case with Coalport items of that era. There is an incredibly faint crazing line on the underside of the saucer, see last picture. There is a firing fault in the handle of the teacup, see second last picture - this is not damage and it can be assumed that as the cup has survived with this up till now, it must be stable. There is light rubbing to the items, commensurate with its age.
The items are unmarked, as was often the case with items of 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 (diameters): teacup 9.2cm (3 5/8"), coffee cup 7.2cm (2 7/8"), saucer 14.2cm (5 5/8").
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.