Octagonal Saucer, Chelsea, soft paste porcelain, Red Anchor mark, c.1754-55


This Chelsea saucer of octagonal form is finely painted in the Meissen style with a bouquet containing a pink rose. The composition is balanced with a blue and yellow butterfly and a smaller winged insect fluttering between scattered sprays and sprigs. The rim is painted with a chocolate brown line.

Small red anchor mark.

The typical Chelsea 'moons' are visible with the aid of transmitted light.

Chelsea porcelain was aimed primarily at a wealthy market, and the factory was greatly patronised by the aristocracy of the middle years of the 18th century.

Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration, just a tiny glazed firing crack/clay tear to the rim, from manufacture. The painting of the flowers and insects is incredibly detailed, with only the lightest wear. Chelsea fired their wares on 'stilts', and evidence of these kiln supports can be seen on the underside of the base.

Dimensions: Diameter 11.4 cm

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

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


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