This Chamberlain's Worcester plate is quite rare...they made very few Chinoiserie patterns. This one is especially attractive. It features two gentlemen in a tea house who are, perhaps, watching the storks (or cranes) nearby. The green tree in the foreground is covered with gilded fruit.
The design was lightly transferred and then painted with overglaze enamels.
The printed red mark on the back says: "Chamberlains Worcester N. 155 New Bond Street London", beneath the Royal Arms. Above the wreath is: Royal Porcelain Manufacturers. The very faint pattern number is 979.
Using Geoffrey Godden's marks book, plus his "Chamberlain-Worcester Porcelain" book, I date this plate c.1816-22.
This 8-5/8" plate is in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no crazing, and no repairs. It rings when tapped.
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