On offer is a part-dessert service made by a Staffordshire factory in about 1830. The service might be made by Samuel Alcock or Machin. The items have a deep cobalt blue ground and stunning botanical paintings. The service consists of seven plates, two square double handled dishes and one pear-shaped dish.

 

In the early 19th Century there were at some point about 300 potteries in Staffordshire, which at the time was a major centre of porcelain industry in the world. This cup and saucer are probably from one of the many excellent but completely forgotten factories who made use of capable decorators who would often move from factory to factory in search of work.

 

These plates would have been part of a large dessert service. They were potted in sturdy white porcelain with a slightly moulded rim. The rims have a deep cobalt blue ground colour and are hand painted with gilt floral sprigs. The centre of each plate has been painted with stunning botanical studies, each plate with its own unique flower. We don't know who the painter was but it clearly was a master painter as the quality is very high.

 

The items are all unmarked, which was common in that period.

 

CONDITION REPORT All items are in very good antique condition with only minor age-related flaws. There is light wear throughout as visible in the pictures. Both square plates have slight crazing; of the plates one has a ring crack, one has short crack lines coming off the rim and four plates are slightly crazed; several items have small rim chips from the glost kiln. Please ask for more pictures if you would like to see more details; none of the flaws mentioned stand out and the whole set is good for use.

 

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 please ask for details

 

SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK. 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. Please note that due to the pandemic shipping costs have generally gone up steeply, and although I use only the most reliable couriers, there can sometimes be some delays.

Staffordshire part-dessert service, cobalt blue botanical, ca 1830

SKU: A-ANO59
£1,325Price
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