Tea Roses

The French Revolution signaled the demise of French domination over European taste, and when the royal factory of Sevres lost both direct state subsidies and extravagant royal commissions, British potteries stepped into the vacuum.  One particularly noteworthy firm was Coalport, founded by John Rose in 1795.  Among other wares, the pottery made bone china, supplying Coalport white to London workshops for gilding and painting.  Perhaps the most famous London workshop of all was that of Thomas Baxter.  A student at the Royal Academy School, Baxter was renowned for his porcelain painting.  The 1805 Coalport service seen here, a product of the Baxter workshop, is typical of the time, including a teapot, cover, and stand;  a sucrier and cover;  a jug;  a slop bowl;  and a dozen each of teacups, coffee cups, and saucers.  The service is decorated in the opulent “Church Gresley” pattern and features groups of mixed flowers surrounded by Pompeian red panels decorated with cornflower sprigs, which are in turn edged with smaller panels of sprays of pink roses and leaves.  Gorgeous, don’t you think?  Just the thing for a summer rose garden party.  Shall I play mother?


About alonegwen

Retired educator interested in living life fully. Will write about aging wisely, good reads, food, travel, dance reviews, and other items as they interest me.
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