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Royal Worcester Dessert Service, Powder Blue with Landscapes G. Johnson, 1912

$6,540per set


This is a very fine dessert service made by Royal Worcester in the year 1912. It has a powder blue ground and Chamberlain-style landscapes painted by George B. Johnson. The service consists of 2 oval dishes, 2 square dishes and 10 plates. The original Worcester pottery was founded in the mid-18th century and belongs to the group of famous pioneering potteries in Britain. It went through various changes and take overs, and in the mid-19th century it merged with Chamberlains and Grainger, both earlier split-offs, taking the new name "Royal Worcester". The pottery distinguished itself with its extremely high quality of artwork, hiring the best artists and always coming up with very vivid designs full of flowers, birds and fruits. It was in operation until the early 21st century but eventually succumbed to the changing times. This stunning dessert service has a beautifully muted dark blue "powdered" ground, elegant lobed shapes and the centre of each piece is painted with a stunning landscape in equally muted colors. Royal Worcester called this style of landscape painting the "Chamberlain" style, as it was the Chamberlains factory that brought this style into the new factory. The landscapes are all named, as can be seen on the underside of each item, which carries the name in beautiful red long hand. The painter of these landscapes was George B. Johnson, who specialized in birds and "Chamberlain" landscapes. Apparently Mr. Johnson was a very tall bearded man of great stature within the factory; he was born in 1859 and worked between 1875 and his death in 1931 at the factory. All items are marked with either puce or blue Royal Worcester marks and the year code for 1912, as well as the red painted pattern number W9665. With the marks is the retailers mark "Maple & Co, London". Condition report: This service is in perfect antique condition without any damage, repairs or crazing, and no wear other than the odd scratch. 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. Dimensions: plates 22cm diameter (8.6"), oval dishes 25.2cm x 18.4cm (10" x 7.25"), square dishes 22cm x 22cm (8.6" x 8.6").


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Diameter: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 14
  • Style
    Edwardian (Of the Period)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In excellent antique condition; no damage, crazing or repairs and virtually no wear.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: LT-RW221stDibs: LU4805121398082

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