New Hall Serving Plates

New Hall had several owners over its lifespan from about 1781- 1835. It was famous for its thin, uniform clear glaze, and was among the earliest makers of bone-tempered porcelain, or bone china, in England. The pieces were made to a pattern, glazed and fired. Then one of the artists would paint the decorative pattern on the items, after which they would be fired again. Finally, that clear coat of glaze would be added and the pieces would be fired for the last time. The gilding, if used, was the last of the decoration to be added, and as it was painted on over the glaze, it often wore off with use and over time.

These two serving plates are from a tea set, which would also have included teacups and saucers, a teapot with stand or underplate, a creamer and a lidded sugar bowl.This is a particularly vibrant pattern inspired by the Japanese wares of Imari, typified by deep blues combined with terracotta and gilding. Imari inspired patterns have carried through to recent times, making this pattern seem quite contemporary, even though these plates were manufactured over 200 years ago.

New Hall serving plates (from tea set) one 20 cm (7 7/8 in.), the other 20.7 cm (8 1/8 in.) in diameter. Pattern No. 1153, c. 1815-1820. Unnamed Imari pattern. As new condition – look like they are fresh from the artist’s hands. $175.00

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