This is a beautiful Hilditch plate made around the year 1815. The plate is made of very white early bone china and has a beautiful decoration of the famous "Boy With The Spotted Dog" pattern.


The Hilditch pottery only operated from 1811 to 1833 but was responsible for a great number of beautiful Chinoiserie patterns. This pattern was printed in terracotta red and then finished with hand painted enamel colours in bright green, purple and cobalt blue.


The decoration is after a Chinese decoration from an 18th Century Chinese Export plate. This image is often called “Boy with the Spotted Dog” - you can see the boy playing with his dogs. A woman is doting over him - probably a servant, and behind her is another servant carrying an umbrella - or is one of them the mother? A man (the father?)is watching the scene smoking a pipe under his canopy. 


This plate shows a curious mix of cultures that happened in Chinese and early British porcelain. Superficially, the pattern looks entirely Chinese. But if you look closer you will see that the canopy that the father sits under has an Indian styled Islamic crescent on top, while in the background there is a typical Chinese pagoda, lake and boat. To top it off, there is a bouquet of very Dutch-looking flowers on the baluster - arranged in a vase exactly like you can see it on Dutch 17th Century paintings. The finely printed ring around the image looks like silverware. The biggest foreign customers of the Chinese porcelain makers were the Indian Moghuls, who gave the porcelain painters Indian miniatures to copy, and the Dutch traders, who gave them silverware and Dutch paintings to copy. This created a wonderful mix of cultures - and to top it off, all this was later copied by English painters who had never been in the East and gradually gave it their own very English character. Who said globalisation and East-West cooperation is a new thing?  


CONDITION REPORT The plate is in excellent antique condition with no damage and very little wear. There is some crazing, which is clearly visible in the pictures.

Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. This set is relatively free from any firing specks but you will see a little kiln dust on the reverse of the plate (the face is wonderful clean and smooth).


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. If they are from the 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. 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!


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.

Hilditch plate, Boy with the Spotted Dog pattern ca 1815

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