Rare silver-shaped Plate, Chelsea, soft paste porcelain, Red Anchor period, 1755


This fine and rare Chelsea plate is naturalistically painted with a narcissus and other specimen flowers, the scrolling, shell-moulded rim is outlined in brown enamel.

Prior to making porcelain at Chelsea, Nicholas Sprimont (1716-1773) had been a silversmith, and the shell moulding seen here derives from silver stands for sauceboats, examples of which can be found in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Katz Collection, bearing Sprimont's mark and the date letter for 1746/47 (see image below). Small oval dishes of this form were popular at Chelsea throughout the Red Anchor period, although plates of this form are particularly rare.


Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration, and with very little wear to the enamel decoration. Typical Chelsea 'moons' visible with the aid of transmitted light.

Dimensions: Diameter 26.6 cm

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

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


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