Richly enameled turquoise peonies with enameled turquoise, gray, and black leaves decorate the border of these dishes. Overall this is a charming and happy set of plates. It would bring life to any table.
The dishes are bone china which is thinner with a smoother glaze than porcelain china. The composition of bone china is similar to porcelain china but includes an extra ingredient, bone ash. Bone ash gives the body of the plate a unique true white color.
The dishes were made in the mid-20th century by the factory of Grosvenor Works, King Street, Fenton, England. The company was established in 1866, succeeding the company of Jackson & Brown.
H .75 in. x Dm 7.75 in.
$720 for the set
Bone china is a type of porcelain that is composed of bone ash, feldspathic material, and kaolin. It has a translucent body, and is known for its high levels of whiteness and translucency. Bone china is the strongest of the porcelain or china ceramics, having very high physical strength and chip resistance. This strength allows it to be produced in thinner cross-sections than other types of porcelain.
In the mid-18th century, English potters had not succeeded in making hard-paste porcelain (as made in East Asia and Meissen Porcelain) but found bone ash to be a useful addition to their soft-paste porcelain mixtures, giving strength. This became standard at the Bow Porcelain factory in London (operating from around 1747), and spread to some other English factories. Modern bone china was developed by the Staffordshire potter Josiah Spode in the early 1790s. Spode included kaolin in his formula, so it was effectively hard-paste porcelain, but stronger.
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