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Large English Delftware Chinoiserie Plate

Large English Delftware Chinoiserie Plate


English tin glazed pottery plate, c. 1760. A similarly decorated plate has been attributed to Liverpool manufacture by Frank Britton in “English Delft in the Bristol Collection”, as noted below.


Dimensions: Approximately 13⅝” diameter.



The front is covered with powdered manganese giving a purple color.


There is a central panel decorated in a naïve Chinoiserie design with grasses, flowers, a fence, and what appears to be an insect.


The rim is decorated with eight panels of flowers, four of which are tulip shaped and four octagonal.


The reverse is decorated with blue leaves under the rim and a central leaf in the Chinese style.


The purple color was achieved by blowing powdered manganese through a straw before firing. Areas were blocked out for later decoration.


An example of a similarly decorated plate is illustrated in Britton, “English Delft in the Bristol Collection”, at p. 129, figs 15.47.


Condition: There are glaze fleabites and frits typical of antique tin-glazed earthenware. Otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.

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