Here is a splendid plate once owned by Princess Charlotte, created at the Chamberlain factory in Worcester in 1816-17. It has elaborate gilding, with a pale blue ground decorated with diamond-shaped reserves of exotic birds painted in polychrome, and with a collection of flowers and fruit in the center. It is one of the original 36 dinner plates in the service, diameter ten inches. It bears the printed factory mark. A soup plate from this royal service is illustrated in “Chamberlain Worcester Porcelain 1788-1852,” by Geoffrey Godden, color plate IX. He comments that each plate cost two pounds when it was made in 1816, and comments that all pieces in the set have the typically rich Chamberlain gilding. Princess Royal Charlotte Augusta Matilda was born September 29, 1766, the first daughter and fourth child of King George III and his wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. On May 18, 1797, she was married at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, to Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Wurttemberg, the eldest son and heir apparent of Frederick II Eugene, and the couple set up house (or, rather, set up palace) in Ludwigsburg (near present-day Stuttgart). Her husband died in 1816, after temporarily siding with Napoleon and thus becoming technically an enemy of Charlotte’s family in England. Her father, George III, pointedly refused to address his daughter as Queen of Wurttemberg. It is interesting that this service was created just after her husband died. Of course, as queen in Ludwigsburg she was more likely to order a porcelain dinner service from the Ludwigsburg factory, and certainly had used Ludwigsburg porcelain at the palace. Nevertheless, it is an English service she ordered and it is surely the one Charlotte used when entertaining her royal siblings on their visits. The Dowager Queen of Wurttemberg lived out her days at the Ludwigsburg Palace and died October 5, 1828. Condition is quite good with no damage, but there are several spots of stacking wear in the blue ground. I have touched these spots up, so that the plate looks near perfect. Please compare with the two photos at the end of the listing, which show these areas before I touched them up. The first photo shows how the plate looks now. I can easily remove those touchups if you prefer. There is also some crazing in the glaze on the back of the plate.

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Chamberlain Worcester Plate, Royal Service for Princess Charlotte of Wurttemburg c.1816.


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