This is a dessert plate made by Coalport in about 1810. The plate is decorated with a superbly painted named landscape of the West Gate of Canterbury by the famous porcelain painter Thomas Baxter.

 

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 was painted by the famous porcelain painter Thomas Baxter (1782-1821). Baxter was the son of a porcelain painting family and learned the basics from his father, who ran a studio in London. He later ran his own studio and art school, becoming a well-known teacher of porcelain painting, and he was employed at various times by the Worcester and Swansea potteries, where he painted many top pieces. He also became very well-known for a beautiful dinner service he painted for Lord Nelson, who was his patron. During his rather short life Baxter had an impressive output of wonderful pieces.

 

This plate would have been part of a large dessert service with each piece showing a unique landscape. It was potted in thick creamy bone china. The plate has a gracious border of bold gilt acanthus leaves, but the very striking feature is the delicately coloured landscape set in a gilt octagon with the West Gate of Canterbury in its centre. You can see in the third-last picture how the landscape has not changed much in the last 200 years, even though this is now in the middle of town; you can see the magnificent 14th Century gate, originally established by the Romans in the 3rd Century, and the water mill in front of it, at the River Stour. The painting is detailed in very fine brush strokes that are clearly visible, which makes it very appealing. On the back of the plate is written in long hand "West Gate Canterbury".

 

The plate is unmarked, as was usual in those days.

 

CONDITION REPORT The plate is in good antique condition without any damage or repairs, but it is crazed, as visible in the pictures, and there is some rubbing to the gilt. 

 

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  22.5cm (8.75") diameter

 

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John Rose Coalport plate, named West Gate Canterbury, Thomas Baxter, ca 1810

SKU: HP-COA06
£625Price
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