This set is unmarked, but chances are it was made either by one of the Rose factories in Coalport or by Robert Chamberlain, who resigned from the Worcester Porcelain Works in about 1786. He was the head of the decorating department at Worcester, and he decided to set up on his own, first as a decorator of white wares that he purchased from his former employer and from Thomas Turner at Caughley, and later as a full-scale manufacturer of porcelain in his own right. Whoever the maker was, he could be well proud of his accomplishment. The design bustles with excitement and radiance. A bouquet of eternally fresh flowers floats in a white reserve in the center, surrounded by wreaths of gilding in a sunburst style with pendant blossoms, surrounded in turn by a gilt and yellow band. This is set off by a brilliant cobalt blue ground having four circular flower reserves and anthemion leaves in gilt. Such a complex and fancy design is not to everyone’s taste, but the results are certainly striking. The size is ten and three-quarters by eight inches. Condition is excellent, with only a few spots of gilt wear.

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Impressive Pair of Chamberlain’s Worcester or Coalport Porcelain Serving Dishes c.1815.


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