We are pleased to offer this pair of colorful chinoiserie decorated Davenport plates made in England, circa 1820. Davenport was known for the beauty and originality of its designs. This pair of dishes have hand painted details over a printed design. Painted in turquoise, pink, and green, the decoration is lovely. It features a chinoiserie style garden with a crane standing on the garden fence. A turquoise tree and rocks, and oversized pink peonies with chrysanthemums fill the garden.
In Chinese tradition a crane symbolizes longevity. Peonies symbolize beauty and royalty. While chrysanthemums symbolize longevity and perseverance.
Background of Davenport
The firm of Davenport were “Manufacturers to their Majesties” of earthenware and china. The company began in the late 18th century in 1794 and produced wonderful ceramics in Longport, Staffordshire until 1887.