This is a stunning large charger made of earthenware by Copeland in 1890. The charger was painted by the celebrated ceramics artist Charles Ferdinand Hürten. 


Copeland Spode was one of the most prominent potteries right from the start of English porcelain production in the late 1700s to the demise of the industry in the 1960s. In fact it was the founder Josiah Spode who was responsible for the recipe for bone china that made English china production so successful in the two centuries to come. Their items are of exceptionally high quality and many of the designs have become iconic. In the 19th Century, Spode first partnered with salesman and tea trader William Copeland, who later bought the Spode family out and continued the factory into a new area of successful design and innovation. The factory changed names frequently, always involving the name Spode, Copeland, or both. This charger is from a period when the factory identified itself as Copeland.


This large charger was made of sturdy earthenware with a rustic finish. It is painted with succulent fruits by the celebrated painter Charles Ferdinand Hürten. This is a beautiful, very mature painting from towards the very end of Hürten's career.


Hürten was a German porcelain painter working at the French Sevres factory and was coaxed by Robert Copeland to move to England and join the Copeland factory. It took Copeland 2 years to convince Hürten to make the move, and he offered him a generous salary (rather than the usual reward per piece) and moving costs for his entire family. Unusually, Hürten had his own workshop in the factory and reported not to the respected Art Director Thomas Battam, but directly to a member of the Copeland family. Hürten remained the rest of his life at Copeland and proved to be one of the best assets of the factory, bringing great fame; he was the first artist to always be allowed to sign his work, making his pieces instant collectors' items. He specialised in the painting of flowers and fruits, and displayed great skill, taste and freedom. His pieces are very popular among collectors today and are of increasing value.


The charger is signed C.F. Hürten and marked on the back with COPELAND impressed.


CONDITION REPORT  The charger is in excellent antique condition without any damage, just some slight wear to the rims, as can be expected from an item of this age - please see the last picture for a clear example. Please note that the finish is rustic, and therefore was never perfect to begin with.


Antique British ceramics are 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 (diameter): 41.5cm (16.25").


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Large Copeland charger, signed by C F Hürten, 1890

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