The charger is big at about 14". It is English and the maker is Minton. There is an impressed cipher mark that dates the charger plate to the year of 1881.
The composition of the decorative dish is a pottery or soft paste porcelain.
Essex Birds is a pattern created by Minton around this time period in the 19th century, which means the charger has one of the earlier versions of the pattern. It is one of the most sought after patterns in today's market as Minton varied the pattern as to the birds and types of foliage and put it on all types of attractive and different blanks, including hard paste porcelain dinnerware. This means the pattern showed a lot of diversity.
There are three real pretty song birds fluttering around the branch of a tree. There are large pink blossom buds, a smaller pink flower and small lavender flowers. There are large leaves and small green needles on twigs. The ground is gold enamel. The edge of the rim is trimmed in brownish-red enamel. On the back there are holes drilled into the foot rest for hanging the plate, and currently there is a twine through three of the holes where the prior owner hung the charger on the wall. The bottom underside is glazed a cream color.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks. However there are: 1)a few spots of missing gold that I show in a photo, 2)the edge of the plate shows a lot of rubbing wear to the brown enamel trim, 3)the gold has lines in it and this is common when gold is used as a ground, along with some scratches, and 4)there is some crazing on the bottom underside of the plate, and this is understandable as the composition is more pottery than porcelain.
The printed mark is the rectangle containing the word Mintons over the world globe with a banner containing the pattern name of Essex Birds below. There are impressed marks including the cipher mark for the year 1881 and it is a square containing two crossed lines. The word Minton is also impressed into the bottom.
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