This is a very nice dessert plate made by John Rose / Coalport in about 1805. The plate is decorated in underglaze coablt blue and has beautifully hand painted flowers.

 

Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th Century Staffordshire. They worked alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport and Minton, and came out with many innovative designs. When we say "Coalport" we usually think of the one Coalport factory that became famous, but in its beginning years there were two factories, one run by John Rose and the other by his brother Thomas Rose. Thomas Rose went into partnership with Robert Anstice and Robert Horton and they were located directly opposite John Rose, across the canal. The brothers' factories had much in common with each other and they shared many different shapes and patterns. Ultimately, the John Rose factory proved more profitable and John Rose bought Thomas' factory in 1814, making it the one Coalport factory that became so famous. Many of the Coalport items, of either factory, are now collectors' items.

 

This plate is potted in the heavy early Coalport porcelain, with the usual imperfections and blue smudges on the underside - this was still in the early years of the Coalport factory. The decoration consists of a bold underglaze blue pattern, some gilt details and beautifully hand painted flowers in the Meissen style. Not much later, around 1810-1815, the style of flower paintings changed to a typically British style that made the flowers more lose and "wet-looking". These flowers still seem to be influenced by the very precise style of flower painting that was used in the German Meissen tradition. 

 

The plate is unmarked as was common in those days.

 

CONDITION REPORT The plate is in excellent antique condition without any damage, crazing or repairs; however, most of the gilt has been worn off - if you hold it against the light you can see that it used to have an intricate abstract gilt decoration that has sadly been washed off (see last picture). The flower decorations are in excellent condition though.

 

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) 21.5cm (8.5").

John Rose Coalport plate, cobalt blue and flowers, ca 1805

SKU: A-COA250
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