This is a beautiful plate made by Worcester in about 1765 in their First or the "Dr Wall" period, and decorated in the famous "Blind Earl" pattern. This plate has a crack so it comes As Found (A/F), which is reflected in the price.

 

Worcester was one of the first potteries in Britain to create items in porcelain. Alongside other great potteries such as Derby, Chelsea and Bow, they pioneered a new industry that would grow out to be huge in the following century. This plate is from the first period, which is often called the "Dr Wall" period after its founder. In later years Worcester went through many different ownerships and styles, and ultimately it became the Royal Worcester factory that only finished operation in the early 21st Century.

 

This pattern consists of beautiful sprigs and rose buds in polychrome, with the characteristic relief moulding.

 

The "Blind Earl" pattern consists of cheerful large foliage with closed flower buds that are moulded onto the surface. This 18th Century pattern has been repeated many times up to only several decades ago. The pattern was called after George William Coventry, the fifth Earl of Coventry (1722-1809), who was the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire. In 1780, George William suffered from a hunting accident and lost his sight completely. It is said that he first ordered a service like this (although in polychrome colours with bright greens) because he wanted to be able to feel his beautiful china, since he couldn't see anymore. 

 

Although this is a fabulous story, historians tend to disagree as the first blind earl china was produced by the Worcester Porcelain Company in the 1750’s while George William’s accident occurred in 1780. There can be two explanations: either the story was wrongly attributed to George William's accident after the fact, or perhaps already in the 1750s there was hereditary blindness in the family, and the hunting accident story was made up to explain away George William's blindness - either way, it is a good story and this pattern will be called "Blind Earl" forever!

 

The plate is not marked, which is common for the period. 

 

CONDITION REPORT The plate has a large crack but is reasonably stable. Other than this there is no damage or repairs, and very little wear so it is beautiful on display.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal, 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 19.5cm (7.75") diameter.

 

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Worcester plate, Blind Earl pattern, ca 1765 A/F

SKU: A-WOR37
£385Price
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