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Collecting Jeweled Coalport Porcelain

Jeweled Coalport Porcelain Three-handled Loving Cup, England, late 19th century (Lot 970, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Jeweled Coalport Porcelain Three-handled Loving Cup, England, late 19th century (Lot 970, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Established in 1795 in Shropshire, England, Coalport porcelain has a long and storied history of quality craftsmanship dating to the late 18th century. The manufactory produced both ornamental and table wares, beautifully decorated, in a very high standard to meet the demand of discerning patrons.

Late in the 19th century the Coalport manufacturers added yet another specialization to their repertoire of hand decorated porcelains. A technique called “Jeweling”, whereby small beads of colored enamel were applied most often to a gold ground, possibly first developed and introduced by Worcester porcelain manufacturer in the mid 1860’s. Turquoise seemed to be a prevalent color of this jeweling, meticulously and uniformly decorating tea wares, useful wares and ornamental wares, often accompanied by a rich raised gold decoration were produced for sale in Britain and abroad. Examples seen at auction include covered vases and boxes, tea cups and saucers and other decorative accessories.

Jeweled Coalport Porcelain Box and Cover, England, late 19th century (Lot 948, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Jeweled Coalport Porcelain Box and Cover, England, late 19th century (Lot 948, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Select examples are ornamented with hand painted cartouches, some simulating gems such as moonstones and opals bordered with rubies and emeralds, and others with portraits. Certainly specimens that included both jeweling and gems appeared at a higher price point than those pieces with either jeweling or gems, and pieces featuring minimal jeweling offered at a more conservative price at the other end of that spectrum.

In an effort to maximize the success and keep up with the demand of this jeweled porcelain, at the expense of accomplished artisans, Coalport streamlined the process of jeweling circa 1896, implementing new techniques allowing for accurate and far less expensive application of these enameled jewels by far more inexperienced decorators.

This extremely intricate and delicate porcelain has been highly sought after by collectors for generations, both nationally and internationally. Skinner is proud to present a fine private collection of sixty lots of jeweled Coalport as part of our European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on July 19, 2015. For additional information, please contact ceramics@skinnerinc.com

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