Coalport Porcelain & China
If you collect porcelain figurines or antique dinnerware, then Coalport porcelain and china may interest you. The company's roots date back to 1750 when Caughly china was founded in Shropshire. Caughly was later taken over by a former employee, John Rose, who had established his own company, Coalport, in 1793. In 1967 Coalport became part of the Wedgwood group.
Although they produced a wide range of bone china items, Coalport is probably most famous for its Asian-inspired dinnerware patterns, its delicately modelled figurines and its flower-encrusted ornaments.
Coalport dinner services and tableware come in a wide range of different designs. From simpler styles like Algonquin with its coloured rim and light gilding to lavish patterns like Hong Kong which is completely covered with birds and flowers and embellished with gilt decoration.
Complete dinner services or afternoon tea sets can be found, as well as items like cake stands and cruet sets. Alternatively, pick up individual items such as plates and bowls to replace missing or broken pieces, or a single cup, saucer and plate to display in your home.
Dinnerware with Asian Inspirations
Many of Coalport's most famous patterns were inspired by Asian themes, especially artistic styles from China and Japan. Willow Pattern features a Chinese-inspired image of temples, islands, birds and a bridge. The blue design sits on a white background and is surrounded by a gilt rim.
Indian Tree is another well-known Coalport pattern. A predominantly pink, green and gilt pattern sits on a white background. The image features a tree surrounded by flowers. The outer rim of plates, saucers and tureens is decorated with clusters of flowers and gilt and white edging.
Figurines and Flower-Encrusted Decorative Pieces
Coalport's ornamental bone china includes delicately crafted porcelain figurines and flower-encrusted jugs, bowls and vases. These flower-encrusted pieces are decorated with handmade flowers and are very lifelike. They were often used as an alternative to fresh flowers at times of the year when flowers were hard to come by.