Set of Rock and Tree-Pattern Soup Plates Made in England, circa 1820


We are proud to offer this set of 10 Coalport Rock and Tree pattern dinner plates. They were hand painted in England, circa 1820. The pattern shows a fenced garden, peonies and a willow tree with golden branches. The deep 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, English the 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.

Why we love it: The color combinations are magnificent!


H 1 in. x Dm 9.35 in.





Background of Coalport porcelain

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, circa 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. He employed the talented William Billingsley, formerly at Nantgarw, as chief painter, and Billingsley’s chemist, Walker, who initiated at Coalport a maroon glaze and brought the Nantgarw technical recipes to Coalport.


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