This antique 19th century Blush Ivory plate was made by English porcelain manufacturer, Royal Worcester. Royal Worcester traces its roots to 1751 and is recognized for the high quality of its materials as well as for the exquisite hand painted pieces executed by the company's skilled artisans. This Blush Ivory porcelain plate is made in the form of a stylized leaf with scalloped edges and has a series of veins on the surface. The piece is finished in a matte ivory color and hand painted with a variety of realistically rendered floral sprays along with mauve and pink foliage, all of which are accented with fine gilded accents. The rim is also heavily gilded.
The plate is in very good antique condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The glazed foot bears the puce-colored Royal Worcester crowned backstamp with the capital letter date code "Z", which corresponds to 1888. There are also other impressed and hand painted factory marks present. The 10oz plate is 7.5" from edge to edge and has a rim which stands 1" from the surface on which it is displayed.
According to information published by the Royal Worcester Museum, "The production of Blush Ivory was a complex and expensive process. First the shape was cast from liquid Parian clay (a cream coloured porcelain), in plaster of Paris moulds. Often an item was made in several pieces that were then assembled (using liquid clay or slip) and any impressed marks were added before the first or biscuit firing. Next a gloss ivory glaze was added to the inside of the piece and it was dipped into a matt straw-coloured glaze to cover the outside. This was then finished with areas of soft apricot glaze, sprayed onto the piece using the newly invented aerograph machine. Areas such as the handle, that were to be finished in heavy gold, were also painted with a dark coral coloured glaze or undercoat. The pot was then fired in the kiln a second time.
On the majority of pieces the next stage was to add a fine sepia printed outline for the decoration, and the printed factory mark, which was fixed with a low temperature (3rd) firing before the artist added the colours to the flowers, insects or grasses over the top. After the fourth firing, 22 carat gold was printed over the top of the painting, giving a shimmering metallic effect and gold would also be applied by brush to the edges, feet and handles. After the fifth and last firing in the kiln, the gold would be burnished or polished with bloodstone to give the piece its finished elegance."
This rare Royal Worcester gilded leaf form plate displays beautifully and would be a great addition to an existing collection of antique Blush Ivory, or works equally well as a stand alone decorative accent. A lovely antique find in great condition.
Antique Royal Worcester Blush Ivory Gilded Leaf Form Plate Hand Painted