This is a beautiful part-dessert service made by Wedgwood in the 19th Century; the items have been matched from two periods: ca 1810 and ca 1895. The set is potted in pearlware and decorated with the famous Chrysanthemum pattern, which is a "Chinoiserie" pattern and a copy of an original East Asian pattern. The service consists of a heart shaped dish, an oval dish, and six plates, of which three are a little smaller than the others.


Wedgwood is one of the original great potteries of Staffordshire in England. While Spode, Minton, Davenport and others were always experimenting with new styles and materials, Wedgwood was known for sticking to tradition and still produces great tableware today. Their designs have not always been the most forward thinking, but they did create some very iconic designs that became famous the world over and are still popular. Particularly their late Georgian and Regency patterns were of exceptional quality.


What made Wedgwood most famous was their excellent neo-Classicist designs, which they excelled at in the early 19th Century and some of which are still in production today (the famous Jasperware series for instance). But in their early days Wedgwood made many items like this with a Chinoiserie design. These patterns were copies of original Chinese Export patterns, probably Japanese, and particularly this beautiful Chrysanthemum pattern was so famous that it was re-issued in the late 19th Century.


This set is potted in pearlware. The beautiful Chrysanthemum pattern was first issued in 1808 and it consists of brightly coloured red chrysanthemums, green foliage and cobalt blue and red acanthus on an ochre "fish roe" ground. The centre of each item has a wonderful swirling cobalt blue and gilt detail that draws your eye in and can make you feel a little dizzy if you stare at it long enough. Although there is a gilt in the pattern, the rims are finished in burnt orange rather than gilt, with a beautiful pattern in deep terracotta red. 


Each item is marked with WEDGWOOD imprinted, the later items (the two dishes and the three larger plates) also with the word ENGLAND.


CONDITION REPORT The set is in exceptionally good condition without any damage, repairs or visible wear other than one tiny nick off the oval dish, which is hardly visible. There is a small amount of crazing in the centre of the two dishes, but otherwise the set is absolutely free from crazing and all items ring well - this is rare for pearlware items.


DIMENSIONS leaf shaped dish 25.5cm X 20.5cm (10" X 8"); oval dish 26cm X 18cm (10.25" X 7"); larger plates 23.5cm (9.25") diameter; smaller plates 20.5cm (8").


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!


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.

Wedgwood pearlware part dessert service, Chrysanthemum pattern, 1810-1895

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