This piece is a little bit of a mystery. It is a large porcelain dessert dish in the form of a leaf with vine and berry decoration done in early mercury gilding on a dark blue ground. It appears at first to be Caughley, Chamberlain Worcester, Grainger Worcester or Coalport, but the paste and glaze are the very soft warm type used for soft paste porcelain which, by 1800, was only still being used mainly by Derby or Flight and Barr Worcester.
It is possible that the dish is continental, possibly French, but by 1800-1815 when this was made just about every factory was manufacturing in hybrid hard paste or bone china including in Europe. The central hexagonal medallion in burnished gilding and the vine decoration are definitely 1790-1810 in style. On the back is the pattern number 823. The relief molding throughout makes this a wonderful and striking item.
Dimensions: The width from side to side is 10 1/4" and the length from top to bottom is about 9". Height is 2" from the base to the top of the leaf tips.
Condition: Very good. There are no chips or cracks and there is no restoration. The enamel and gilding are clear and colorful with a spot of touch up to the gilding here and there on the rim (hard to see) and some wear to the ends of the gold vine decoration at the top and sides as shown but is little compared to the whole vine decoration. The glaze is smooth and unworn.
Early period antiques are quite old, were made to be used, and frequently have signs of age and use and sometimes a small manufacturing flaw or repair. While this is normal and to be expected, I note any known issues in the condition description.
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