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Coalport Porcelain Campana Vase, Cobalt Blue, Gilt and Flowers, Regency ca 1815



On offer is a sublime little porcelain campana vase made by Coalport, circa 1815. The vase has a deep cobalt blue ground, beautiful gilding and a sublimely hand painted flower reserve. Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th century Staffordshire. They worked alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport and Minton, and came out with many innovative designs. When we say "Coalport" we usually think of the one Coalport factory that became famous, but in its beginning years there were two factories, one run by John Rose and the other by his brother Thomas Rose. Thomas Rose went into partnership with Robert Anstice and Robert Horton and they were located directly opposite John Rose, across the canal. The brothers' factories had much in common with each other and they shared many different shapes and patterns. Ultimately, the John Rose factory proved more profitable and John Rose bought Thomas' factory in 1814, making it the one Coalport factory that became so famous. Many of the Coalport items, of either factory, are now collectors' items. The shape of this vase is called the "campana" shape and it was very popular in the Regency era in the early 19th century. The vase is lightly potted in thin bone china and has two handles with little lion heads, all gilded. The cobalt blue color was a desired color at the time and the gilt would have reflected the flicker of candle light during dinners - this was a time before electric lighting. The front of the vase has a white reserve with a sublimely hand painted flower arrangement. The vase is unmarked, which was common at the time. but we know from the shape that it was made by Coalport. Condition report: The vase is in perfect antique condition without any damage, repairs or significant wear. The vase is very lightly crazed, as is common for Coalport items of this era; this is the result of an imperfection in the recipe of the glaze. Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account. There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures! Dimensions the vase is 12cm high (4.75").


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.75 in. (12.07 cm)Width: 3.25 in. (8.26 cm)Depth: 3 in. (7.62 cm)
  • Style
    Regency (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1815
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In excellent condition without damage or repairs; some fine crazing and negligible wear.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A-COA971stDibs: LU4805120385892

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