This is a beautiful kidney-shaped dessert serving dish made by Derby in about 1810, which was just around the start of the Regency era. The dish is made of bone china and decorated with a landscape with a ruined abbey in North Wales.

 

The Derby Porcelain factory has its roots in the late 1740s, when André Planché, a Walloon Huguenot refugee, started making simple porcelain toys shaped like animals. Local entrepeneur William Duysbury took an interest in his skills and worked with him to improve the quality of his wonderfully shaped items. Together they laid the foundations of what would become a very refined tradition of figure making at Derby. In 1769 Duysbury bought up the bankrupted Chelsea factory, incorporating their reputation for high quality figures and tableware; this combination of traditions, porcelain making skills, sophisticated clients and available work people created one of the best porcelain factories of the 18th and 19th Centuries, which after many ups and downs is still operative today.

 

This beautiful dish would have belonged to a large dessert service, each item painted with a unique topographical landscape. This dish has a warm peach-coloured rim adorned with a gracious gilt pattern with emerald green jewels and puce torches. In the centre is a stunning landscape of a ruined abbey standing near the water, two figures walking up to the crumbling abbey walls, another sitting at the water with their dog. Note the detail of the tree foliage, and the very English sky pregnant with rain. On the reverse of the dish is written in long hand: "View in North Wales".

 

We don't now who painted this landscape; although there is the pattern number 40, there is no documentation on the artist connected to that pattern.

 

The dish is marked with the hand painted red crowned Derby mark and pattern number 40.

 

CONDITION REPORT: The dish is in good condition without cracks, crazing or repairs. It has a small chip off the underside of the rim, which is invisible when in position. There is wear 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.

 

DIMENSIONS: 25.5 X 19.5cm (10" X 7.75"); 4cm (1.5") high.

 

SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK. 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. Please note that due to the pandemic shipping costs have generally gone up steeply, and although I use only the most reliable couriers, there can sometimes be some delays.

Derby kidney shaped dish, landscape North Wales, ca 1810

SKU: A-DER38
£325Price
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