This set of 3 plates was made by Coalport in 1840. The plates would have belonged to large dessert services with the pattern 4/412 but each in a different colour. The plates were painted with flower studies by Stephen Lawrence, one of Coalport's prime flower painters of the era.
Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th Century, coming out with many innovative designs. The pottery emerged around the year 1800 in Shropshire, right on the edge of Staffordshire and near other great makers such as Spode, Minton, Davenport and many others. They went on to become a major potter in the 19th Century and brought out many iconic designs.
Stephen Lawrence was one of Coalport's most talented flower and fruit painters and worked at Coalport between 1820 and 1845. He decorated many tea, dinner and dessert services as well as vases and plaques, often creating flower and fruit studies that show particular grace and personality.
CONDITION REPORT The plates are in good antique condition with only minor flaws. The sky blue plate with the ranunculus has some rubbing to the sky blue rim and some rubbing to the gilt on the rim. The cobalt blue plate with a ranunculus has only the slightest rubbing to the rim and is otherwise in pristine condition. The carmine plate with the convolvulus has rubbing to the flower, very slight rubbing to the gilt on the rim and an old surface flake off the glaze on the underside of the rim, which is not visible when in position. There is no crazing and there are no cracks or other chips. Please study the pictures carefully as they show all these minor flaws clearly.
The plates are unmarked, as was often the case with items of this period, except the pattern number 4/412, which dates them to the year 1840.
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): 23.5cm (9 1/4").
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