This is a stunning dessert plate made by Samuel Alcock around the year 1840 during Rococo Revival era. I have two more plates of the same service available, please see separate listings. I'd be happy to sell all three plates with a discount.

 

Samuel Alcock was one of the many potters in Staffordshire such as Spode, Coalport, H&R Daniel and many others during the 1830s and 1840s. Alcock spent his formative years working for the great Spode pottery and then set out to start his own factory. He was perhaps not the most well-known of potters but produced some very high quality wares and original designs, often standing out for their bright choice of colours and beautiful shapes.

 

The Rococo style was originally a style of the 18th Century. After the Baroque style, which was highly symmetrical and well-designed as it aimed to express the perfection of God, the Rococo style was a reaction that expressed the unpredictability and flow of nature. "Rococo" is derived from the French word "rocaille", which stands for a mass of pebbles that are self-organised in a completely unpredictable mess, for instance on the beach or in the mountains. Rococo moved away from the stranglehold that religion had on the arts: it was capricious, asymmetrical, charming and worldly. As Europe got mired in various wars between Germany, France and Britain, the general style got much more austere again and people embraced neo-classicism. But in the 1830s and 1840s, the seemingly unlimited fortunes of the Industrial Revolution sparked a revival of Rococo, once again creating natural shapes that are not symmetrical and don't particularly make rational sense. This beautiful plate is made in this style; the shapes in both the porcelain body and the decoration are not particularly sensible but they are absolutely beautiful and perfectly serve their purpose.

 

This plate is moulded in the "horn of plenty" shape, with four horns of plenty moulded around the rim, each topped off with three piercings. There is a very deep cobalt blue rim with gilt and beige details, and in the centre of the plate is a stunning study of a large violet. The painting is of the highest quality, painted with artistic skill. The plate is potted from heavy, very white and smooth porcelain. It would have belonged to an expensive dessert service as no effort was spared either for the potting or the decoration of this plate.

 

The plate is unmarked except for the pattern number 2/3386.

 

CONDITION REPORT The plate is in perfect antique condition with no damage, wear, crazing or repairs.

 

Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles, some small firing cracks, and most items are now crazed. Crazing is the result of the glazing of the item shrinking faster than the body; it is a process that is caused during the firing process but is often only visible after many decades. It does usually not devalue or affect the quality of the piece, except when it causes heavy staining or breaking up of decorations.

 

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. 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!

 

DIMENSIONS ca 22cm (8 7/8").

 

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.

Samuel Alcock plate, Horn of Plenty moulding, flower study, ca 1840 (3)

SKU: A-ALC09c
£125Price
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