This is a beautiful dessert plate made by Coalport in about 1815.
Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th Century, coming out with many innovative designs. The pottery emerged around the year 1800 in Shropshire, right on the edge of Staffordshire and near other great makers such as Spode, Minton, Davenport and many others. They went on to become a major potter in the 19th Century and brought out many iconic designs.
This plate would have belonged to a large dessert service. It was very lightly potted in the famous "Dulong" moulding that was popular between 1805 and 1820. This pattern was an imitation of a famous Meissen pattern from 1743, which was made to the order of Dutch merchants, Godefroy and Dulong. Around 1800 this pattern came to England, where Caughley, Coalport and Grainger Worcester took it up for their porcelains. We know from the fine detail that this is a Coalport version of this beautiful moulding.
The plate is further decorated with slightly naive, cheerful hand painted flowers, and it bears a brown rim rather than gilt - this might mean that it was made for Puritan (Protestant Christian) customers, who would not eat from gilt because of their religious beliefs.
CONDITION REPORT The plate is in excellent condition without any structural damage or repairs. It has a few crazing lines in the glaze right next to the flower detail in the centre of the plate and there are a few flakes off the coloured flower petals, as visible in the picture. Other than this, the plate is fabulously preserved and it rings well when tapped.
The plate is unmarked.
Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.
There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!
DIMENSIONS (diameter) 22.5cm (8.9"), hight 2cm (0.75").
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Coalport John Rose plate, Dulong moulding, ca 1815