Set 36 English Imari Dinner Plates with Matching Salad, Bread & Butter Plates C-1820


This is an exceptional set of a dozen dinner plates, a dozen salad or luncheon plates, and a dozen bread and butter plates decorated in an exquisite English Imari pattern. The plates measure in diameter: dinner 10.25″; salad or luncheon 9″; and bread and butter 6.75″. Hicks and Meigh made this set of ironstone plates in the Regency period circa 1820. At that time, the designs of Japan and China had a great influence on the decorative arts in England. The central scene shows a classic Imari image of a vase on a garden terrace. This vase, with its overflowing flowers, is the quintessence of Imari decoration. The wide border is divided into three panels, each showing chrysanthemums, peonies, and fruit tree blossoms with cobalt blue leaves. The Imari colors of orange, vibrant cobalt blue and gilding combine beautifully. The dishes are of fine quality and well-potted. They have the Hicks and Meigh mark “Real Stone China” under a crown in underglaze blue.

Dimensions: 10.25″, 9″, and 6.75″ in diameter.

Condition: Excellent

In stock

Background of Imari Wares

In the late 17th century, Japanese potters in Arita first made export porcelains with elaborate designs to cater to European consumers. Since the wares were shipped abroad from the port of Imari, this enameled porcelain was conventionally known as “Imari ware.”

Background of Hicks and Meigh Ironstone

In the early 19th century, ironstone was developed by potters in Staffordshire, England, as a stronger, more durable alternative to porcelain. It is similar to fine stoneware. In 1807 Richard Hicks bought a factory in the High Street, Shelton, where he set up a pottery manufacturer in partnership with Job Meigh II. They manufactured ironstone dishes and vases with the mark “Real Stone China” under a crown.


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