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This is a rare and beautiful plate made by H&R Daniel in about 1842. The plate is potted in the "pierced" or "Queens" shape and bears an unknown pattern of gilt vermicelli on a cobalt blue ground with a beautiful flower arrangement in the centre.


The H & R Daniel porcelain factory was founded by Henry Daniel, son of a family of master colour makers. He headed up the decoration department in the famous Spode factory where he oversaw all the beautiful early Spode decorations. In 1822 he opened his own factory with his son Richard, creating a truly iconic body of work with the most subtle colours and beautifully painted flowers and landscapes. 


The Daniel factory was the last true cottage industry among the English porcelain factories, resisting the increase of industrialisation and mass production. This resulted in extraordinary and unrivalled quality, but it probably also led to the factory having to close its doors in 1846 because it could no longer compete with others who did modernise. Daniel porcelain can be hard to identify as the factory was only around for about two decades, but this short duration and the low output also means that Daniel items have become true collectors' items.


This set is potted in the "pierced" or "Queens" shape, which was used between 1837 and 1842. It is a beautiful shape with three pierced details on the rim, named after Queen Victoria, who ascended to the throne in 1837. The pattern consists of a gilt vermicelli pattern on a deep cobalt blue ground, the pierced details in warm yellow, and delicately painted flowers in the centre.


This plate has provenance; it came from the Beardmore Collection of H&R Daniel porcelain.


The plate is unmarked without a pattern number (and the pattern is not recorded anywhere), and it bears the collector's labels. The label mentions the year 1844, however this shape was only made until about 1842.


CONDITION REPORT The plate is in excellent antique condition without damage, crazing or repairs and virtually no wear. 


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) 25cm (9.85") diameter.

H&R Daniel plate, pierced Queens shape, cobalt blue vermicelli, flowers, ca 1842