On offer is a beautiful teacup trio consisting of a teacup, saucer and side plate for cake or sandwiches, made by Coalport between 1882 and 1891. The set is decorated in the famous "Japanese Grove" pattern. 

 

We have several of these on offer as well as a cake plate, please see separate listings or ask us!

 

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.

 

The "Japanese Grove" pattern was designed by Thomas Blocksidge in the 1870s and used for many different tea and coffee wares during the 1870s and 1880s. It is a layered pattern with flying swallows and a bamboo grove-like background in under-glaze flow blue, and then a gilt overlay was applied on top of the glazing. This design is in the "Japonism" style, which became fashionable in the 1870s after trade relations with Japan had been restored and many oriental patterns flooded the Western market, creating a new fashion. Coalport went through difficult times in that period and Thomas Blocksidge was one of the designers and artists who brought the factory back from the brink by creating very striking designs that spoke to the new fashion of the day.

 

All three items have the crowned back stamp as it was used between 1882 and 1891.

 

CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent antique condition. The side plate is crazed, but other than this there is no damage, repair or crazing and very little wear, and the set is excellent 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 (diameters) cup 7.5cm (3"), saucer 14cm (5.5"), side plate 17cm (6.75").

Teacup trio, Coalport "Japanese Grove" patt. Y62, 1882-1891 (2)

SKU: A-COA21a-2
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