Pair of moulded Soup Plates, Chelsea, soft paste porcelain, Red Anchor period, 1755

 

These two fine Chelsea soup plates are sparsely painted with scattered flowers, including a tulip and lily, and ombrierte spotted beetles. Both the painted Holzschnittblumen decoration and the moulding are borrowed from Meissen.

The borders are divided into eight alternately larger and smaller panels, the former decorated with Gotzkowsky floral moulding, or 'damask'd' flowers, the centre of the plate moulded with a floral wreath tied with a ribbon. The rims are painted with a brown line.

The Gotzkowsky name is taken from a Meissen service made for a merchant of that name.

Unmarked.

Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration, and with very little wear to the enamel decoration.

Dimensions: Diameter 23.5 cm

Chelsea Porcelain, Elizabeth Adams (Barrie & Jenkins, 1987).

Chelsea Porcelain at Williamsburg, John C. Austin (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1977).

 

     
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