Antique English porcelain dinner plate hand painted in the elegant Partridge Pattern by the Derby factory (see John Twitchett's Derby Porcelain 1748 -1848: An Illustrated Guide published by the Antique Collectors' Club 2002, Page 156 for a full service in this same Partridge pattern dating from about 1820). This pattern has an old tree in underglaze blue with flowers and leaves in red, blue and gold (see photos). Around the base of the tree are bamboo and ferns in green and two small sections of banded hedges, one in red and the other in green at the left. The entire background is composed of red hand painted small feather-like leave motifs that may be the force behind the Partridge pattern name (see close-up photos). The rim is lobed with six alternating large and small curves and the outer edge painted with a gold band. All of the gold gilding is hand burnished and gleams shiny bright when reflecting light (see all photos). Unlike many 185 year old gilded plates, the gold on this plate is more than 99% intact adding to the plate's charm and beauty. There is a tiny rim chip that is barely noticeable on the front of the plate and located at about the 10:30 o'clock position (see last photo for a close up of the chip). The chip is larger on the back side of the plate as the two photos show with a black pen pointing to the chip and it was probably caused by the improper use of a spring loaded plate hanger.
This plate displays exceptionally well and the red, green, blue and gold combine beautifully against the soft ivory colored background of the bone china and glaze. Unlike hard paste porcelain, the ivory colored paste of this plate enhance the Japan Imari palette and its colors. The number of individual brush strokes expended to paint all the motifs on this plate must exceed over 1200 strokes since a count of only the red feather-leaves along just the rim of the plate accounts for 600 brush strokes (150 feather-leaves composed of four brush strokes each equals 600 strokes total). Consequently, this pattern required considerable time and effort to paint and several steps before the plate was complete. Initially, the plate blank was formed and then given an initial biscuit firing to harden the paste before being hand decorated in underglaze blue to form the main trunk and primary branches of the tree. Next, the plate would be glazed and fired again after which the various overglaze enamel colors would be added. The enamel colors would be added in stages since not all the colors would mature at the same temperature. The plate would be decorated and then fired at a lower temperature in a muffle kiln, a special kiln for fixing enamel colors that would otherwise discolor and burn off at higher temperatures. This plate would have taken at least two lower firings to affix the overglaze red, green, grayish-black and gold colors with the last muffle firing used to fix the gold painted over top of some of the red and blue.
If you collect late Georgian English porcelain, hand painted bone china, Derby porcelain or gilded Japan-Imari patterns, then you may certainly want to consider purchasing this plate while it is still available. Derby did not make many hand painted Partridge pattern plates and one knows why after counting the number of brush strokes needed to form the pattern. There is no transfer printed outline for the decorator-artist to follow and so the pattern is laborious to create. This plate has an early example of a `thumb print transferred' Derby mark on its back side. The mark is in red over the glaze and consists of a ornate capital D with central serif underneath a British royal crown (see close-up photo of Derby mark). This Derby mark is not very common and apparently was only used between 1820 and 1830. If any viewer knows more about this rare thumb transferred mark, kindly drop me a note and share your info - thanks, Doc. And as always, this 180 years old Derby plate also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: This plate measures 9 1/4 inches across at the rim and stands 1 1/8 inches tall along the rim. The plate weighs about 3/4 lbs and sits on a well defined foot rim that measures 5 1/2 inches across (see photos).It is a perfect size for displaying on a wall (only use safe nonspring loaded plate hangers) or shelf, along a mantle or in a china cabinet and will certainly capture attention in most any setting.
CONDITION: This plate is in superb condition with but one small rim edge chip that is not readily noticeable from the front (see all photos). The gold on this plate is more than 99% intact which also adds to the plate's beauty. The one tiny rim chip that is located at about the 10:30 o'clock position on the front of the plate and is shown in the last photo with a black pen pointing to it (see last photo for a close-up view of the chip from the front side). The chip is larger on the back side of the plate (see photos of back of the plate with the pen pointing to the chip). Beyond this one chip, the plate has no other issues and no others chips, no hairlines, stains, major scratches, repairs and or restorations. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this plate for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).
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Item ID: RL537.a1439nye
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