Beautiful English porcelain compote, circa 1850, hand painted with a scene which is named on the back of the compote.
The Reading, Guildford and Reigate Railway was incorporated in 1846, likely this piece was painted not long after that to commemorate the new railway line.
The piece has a pattern number, but I haven't been able to identify the manufacturer from the pattern. Likely candidates are Rockingham, Coalport and Davenport. The quality of the piece, with a superb and detailed hand painted scene, and exquisite gilding, point to one of the top makers.
Excellent condition, no chips, cracks or hairlines, just a few specks of missing enamel. The gilding is amazingly intact for a piece of this age.
Measures 12" x 8 3/4" x 2" high.
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