We’re offering this old and very beautiful Coalport tureen, an oblong covered dish with sculpted handles at either end and on the lid. It stands on four sculpted feet. The pattern is Coalport’s Indian Tree. The décor mixes printed tree trunks and branches in black and gray with hand painted flowers of bright yellow and orange enamel. There are green linear highlights on all three handles, the four feet, and the inner border of the lid, which are also hand painted.
Underside of bowl bears mark, Coalport over a crown with England, A.D. 1750; Kings Ware appears on a banner below. This mark signifies that the piece was made by the Coalport Porcelain Works, at Coalport, Shropshire between 1891 and 1920 (Godden p. 157 & The Potteries). There are tiny decorator’s numbers in orange paint on underside of bowl and inside of lid, arranged in diamond shapes. Tureen measures 11 3/8” long x 7 ¼” wide x 7" tall.
There's a bit of yellowing of the surface glaze in some crevices, and some very minor crazing. Under the glaze are a few flecks of stray paint and one freckle on underside of lid handle, all from the manufacturing. A small area of the printed band on lid is lighter than adjacent area (photo 4). The bit of rubbing to rim is normal with age (photo 3). - We have tried to err on the side of thoroughness here. There is no damage to this gorgeous piece -- no cracks, scratches, chips or stains, and no repairs.
This tureen displays beautifully, and we know you will enjoy adding it to your collection.
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