Why we love it: The color combinations are magnificent.
This set of eight Coalport Rock and Tree pattern dishes was made in England circa 1820. The popular pattern features a vibrant hand-painted scene showing a fenced garden with peonies and a willow tree with golden branches. The reds and blues are brought to life by the highlights of green, orange and gilt.
English patterns like this were inspired by Japanese Imari designs which were very popular in Europe during the Regency Period. However, the English porcelain is whiter than the Japanese porcelains which inspired the design. The result is that the colors seem brighter when contrasted with the white ground.
We have 8 dishes all in excellent condition, diameter 9.25″. We are offering the eight dishes for $2500.
We also have seven matching soup dishes in this pattern all in excellent condition, 9″ diameter. The price for the seven soup dishes $2200.
The Coalport Porcelain manufactory was founded by John Rose in 1795. Rose had trained at the Caughley Porcelain manufactory in Shropshire and had been making his own pottery nearby at Jackfield since about 1780. His rapid success enabled him to buy the Caughley manufactory in 1799, the Nantgarw porcelain manufactory in 1819 and the Swansea Porcelain manufactory, with their repertory of molds. As chief painter, he employed the talented William Billingsley, formerly at Nantgarw, and Billingsley’s chemist, Walker, who initiated at Coalport a maroon glaze and brought the Nantgarw technical recipes to Coalport.
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