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Machin Porcelain Plate, White, Moustache Shape with Pink Flower, Regency

$325

About

This is a beautiful dessert plate made by Machin circa 1825, which is known as the Regency period. The plate has the famous "moustache" moulding and beautiful hand painted flowers. It would have formed part of a large dessert service. Previously it was thought that these plates were made by Ridgway - a reference by Geoffrey A. Godden, the famous porcelain expert, in his well-known book "Ridgway Porcelains" widely broadcasted this very reasonable assumption. However, recent research has shown that this design was made by Machin, a smaller maker that was equally skilled at producing beautiful porcelain dessert services. The moustache shape was a popular shape in the 1820s and you can see the moustache shaped moulding on the edges. The plate has a simple white ground and fine "melting snow" gilding along the rims. In the centre of the plate is a sublimely painted pink Japanese anemone. We know very little about the painters at Machin as they did not document their work, but this service was certainly decorated by a very skilled artist. This pattern has been done in may different versions. The plate is unmarked except the pattern number 691 - the moustache shape plates were done many times in different variations and colors with different pattern numbers; I have so far sold similar plates with numbers 611, 660, 692, 733 and 848. Condition Report: The plate is in excellent antique condition without any damage, crazing or repairs, but it has a little rubbing to the gilt and the image as visible in the pictures. 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: (diameters) 19cm (7.5") diameter.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: .5 in. (1.27 cm)Diameter: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Style
    Regency (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1825
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In excellent antique condition, no damage, crazing or repairs, some light wear.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A-MAC021stDibs: LU4805121211872

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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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