Octagonal Saucer, Chelsea, soft paste porcelain, Red Anchor period, c.1756


This Chelsea saucer of octagonal form is beautifully painted in the Meissen style with a bouquet containing a pink rose and a yellow flower. The composition is perfectly balanced with small winged insects fluttering between scattered sprays and sprigs. The rim is painted with a chocolate brown line.

Brown 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. The painting of the flowers and insects is incredibly detailed, and there is only the lightest wear. The footrim has been ground free of excess glaze and debris after firing so that the saucer would sit flat.

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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