This is a beautiful dessert service attributed to Brownfield, made in about 1880. It has hand painted flower studies on each plate, each painting unique. The service consists of 16 plates, 2 low comports and one high comport.


This service would make a stunning wedding gift!


Brownfield was one of the major potters of earthenware quality home items, and started to produce porcelain in 1871. They then became very respected for high quality bone china wares and developed both a modern "Aesthetic Movement" style and the more traditional Victorian style that you can see in this dessert service.


This service clearly imitates some of the major potters that produced large dessert services at the time: the foot of the high comport looks exactly the way Coalport made them, the jewelled rims of the plates are very much like Royal Worcester, and the fresh duck egg blue rims remind one of Minton. However, the paintings look typically from the hand of one of the very skilled Brownfield painters: the flowers were painted in a highly realistic, precise way with beautiful cool shades of green in the foliage and striking effects of shadow on each petal and leaf.


This service is still in fabulous condition - there are some minor faults (see below) but it makes a stunning display and can still be used if desired.


The items are unmarked.


CONDITION REPORT All items are in excellent condition, with only a few minor flaws. Some of the plates are a bit crazed, none of which affects the beauty of the paintings. Some of the plates have some wear while others have no wear whatsoever. On many plates, the porcelain "jewels" on the rim have come off in places. The high comport seems to have had a professional repair to a crack; this has been done very excellently and is only visible when carefully examining the colour and texture of the blue paint. There is a chip off the foot of one of the low comports. There is no other damage or restoration to any of the items and all items are safe to use (although the high comport should not be soaked in water and only quickly rinsed, then immediately dried).


Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains 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 see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!


DIMENSIONS (diameters): 24cm (9 1/4") diameter, low comport 6cm (2 3/8") high, high comport 15.2cm (6") high.


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.

Dessert service, attr. Brownfield ca 1880

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