c1820 English Porcelain Botanical Dish (hand painted & gilded)

SOLD via Docs customized lay-away (just ask us): Antique English bone china serving or desert dish with painted poppy as pattern #691 in puce from about 1820 (has one hairline crack, for full details, continue reading below). Botanical paintings on porcelain and earthenware dishes (creamware, pearlware) gained in popularity in the late 1700s. The dish offered here is from the first quarter of the 19th century or about 1820. There is no common name for this flower written on the back of this dish, however the style of the painting closely follows the botanical genre and depicts several important phases of the plant. The flower depicted appears to be a poppy, however if any viewer can offer a more accurate identification, kindly send me an email - thanks.

The hand painted work depicts a flower in full bloom as well as two buds and several very detailed leaves. In the late eighteenth century, several sources for these floral subject were published and the examples were then used by English porcelain factories to guide artists. One of these sources was the `The Botanical Magazine' published by William Curtis beginning in about 1788. The flower names often hand written on the back of creamware, pearlware and bone china plates and dishes would be the common name rather than the scientific genus and species. Derby, Spode, Wilson, Minton, Davenport, Alcock, Rockingham, Chamberlain-Worcester, Herculaneum and other lesser porcelain factories produced botanical table and dessert services in the 1790 to 1835 period. And just a hand full of potteries produced botanical services in creamware and pearlware with the more important ones including Wilson, Davenport, Neale & Co., Swansea, Spode, Cambrian, Wedgwood, etc. According to Peter Brown's research (see Antiques, The Magazine, June 2003 issue), the first recorded sale of a botanical service dates from February 27, 1792 when the Prince of Wales purchased a botanical set from Derby.

The factory that produced the dish listed here is not identified and there is just 691, the pattern number written in puce along the foot ring on the back of this dish. The shaped of this dish is meant to mimic a sea shell and the two handles have molded hinge-like recesses with serrated joints flanking them. A Derby porcelain dish from about 1830 and displaying very similar hinge-like details is shown by Geoffrey Godden on page 161, Figure 166 of his `Guide to English Porcelain' (published in 1992). The dish for sale here is of good quality and the creamy white porcelain exhibits a smooth surface with no crazing. The dish is not overly busy and has a tastefully gilded rim that does not overwhelm the central botanical theme. The overglaze gold is burnished by hand and is more than 99.5% intact. The overglaze floral painting is also completely intact and the rendering is very skillful making the dish a work of art all by itself (see photos).

Recently, a Derby botanical porcelain plate from about 1795 and with an `Annual Lavatera' depicted on it reportedly painted by John Brewer was being offered for $1250 on the internet elsewhere. And so if you collect botanical painted porcelain, then you may certainly want to consider purchasing this dish since it is a wonderfully executed example from the early 1800s that is being offered for a low amount because the dish has a hairline with no other damage and no chips. This dish is guaranteed to capture attention in any setting (see full condition notes given below, a pen points to middle of the hairline in the second to last photo). The last photo illustrates how transparent this porcelain dish is by showing the painted flower visible right through the back of the dish as it is viewed with strong light shining through from the front. And as always, this Botanical porcelain dish also comes with a full satisfaction guarantee or return it for a refund (see return policy for full details farther below, certain costs & fees are nonrefundable).

SIZE: This dish measures 10 3/4 inches long (handle to handle) and is 8 1/2 inches wide. The dish stands a maximum 1 5/8 inches tall right along its rim and has a nicely molded hexagonal diamond shaped footring. As such, the dish is the perfect size for displaying along a mantle or shelf, or simply placing out in the open on a table or in a cabinet.

CONDITION: This dish has only one issue that entails a 6.5 inch long tight and stable hairline. The hairline runs from the rim near the middle of the dish across the bottom of the dish before stopping at the thicker footring on the opposite side of where it starts (please review all photos). There are no chips or pieces missing or dislodged by the hairline. Beyond that, this dish has no other cracks or hairlines, no chips, no stain spots, no major scratches, and no repairs or restorations. There are no minor production flaws and the overglaze burnished gold gilding and polychrome floral painting are more than 99.7% intact (see all photos). The glaze is shiny and bright and has no crazing. A better example would be hard to find today without paying 2 to 4 times as much as offered here.

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Item ID: RL420.a1105

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