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Chamberlain Worcester Plate – "Fine Old Japan"

Chamberlain Worcester Plate – "Fine Old Japan"


Chamberlain Worcester porcelain plate, circa 1805. This is pattern number 240.


Dimensions: Approximately 8½” diameter.



The overall decoration is primarily in the Imari palette of iron red and blue with significant amounts of gilding.


The border is decorated with alternating large panels stylized flowers, interspersed with panels of red and gilt Japanese kamons, or stylized flowers. A pink lion is hiding in one of the large panels.


The center is decorated with a large vase of flowers in a fenced garden.


The reverse bears a painted “140” and a painted Script “E”.


The “140” appears to be a factory error, since this is clearly pattern “240”.


The “E” is more interesting. It likely is the initial of the purchaser of this service.


This pattern is discussed and illustrated in Godden; “Chamberlain-Worcester Porcelain 1788 – 1852” at pages 109 – 110 and forms the basis of design of the Admiral Lord Nelson’s “Horatia” service.


Condition: Minor rubbing to gilding; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.

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