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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Early English Porcelain As A Valuable Decoration Of Your Home

Compared with lavishly decorated Continental wares, early English porcelain may seem relatively unsophisticated - but to many collectors this simplicity is fundamental to its appeal.
English makers tended to be much slower than their Continental counterparts in discovering how to make porcelain. One of the first English porcelain factories - Chelsea - was established by a French silversmith,Nicholas Sprimont in 1745, nearly half a century after porcelain had first been made in Germany and France. Wares made by Chelsea were mainly intended for the luxury end of the market and are among the most sought-after of all English porcelain. During this eighteenth century the practice of factories selling their ware, white and glazed, to men with decorating establishments of their own was very common. These workers were known as 'outside decorators', because their workshops were unconnected with a particular factory. Chelsea was one of the most famous places for this kind of activity.

Among the other famous names which became established soon after are Bow, Worcesterand Derby. Bow was the largest English porcelain factory in the mid-18th century, specialized in Oriental-style wares.
Several of the English factories used the glassy type of soft paste. In seeking to improve the recipes two other basic types of soft paste porcelain were made in England. One type used soapstone (soapy) in the mix and the other used bone ash (bony). Thus the three basic English can loosely be called glassy, soapy or bony.
The best way of learning how to recognize the wares of different factories is to study and handle as much porcelain as possible. This way you will become familiar with the styles, colors, glazes and shapes used. As with almost any type of porcelain, marks are often spurious - they can be a help but should never be relied upon.

A typical feature of Chelsea is the way the specimens are painted on a larger scale than the flowers. The shadows given to the leaves are make them stand out more dramatically. Despite a small crack, the high quality painting makes this one of the most valuable types of botanical plate.

A Worcester leaf shaped dish, naturalistically moulded, in bright enamels with a parrot perched within a leafy bower with fruit and flowers in famille rose style, the border a rich band of flower heads and leaves. c.1760-65

This small Bow mug is attractively painted with two floral bouquets, scattered floral sprigs and a flying insect, in the Meissen idiom. The lower handle terminal is moulded in the form of a heart shape, and the border is decorated with an elaborate iron-red scroll and loop design. The grooved loop handle is similarly painted with iron-red scroll motifs.

Source :nicespace. 2013. nicespace. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.nicespace.me/. [Accessed 06 May 13].

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