Coalport dating

It was called "Coalport" after the coal that was transferred from canal to river vessels at this junction.

The most important industry to be attracted to the "new town" was the china manufacturing enterprise of John Rose.

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John Rose began his career as an apprentice at the Caughley Porcelain Manufactory on the opposite bank of the Severn.

Luckily for John, he was apprenticed to Thomas Turner, an eminent engraver and potter with a revolutionary approach to making porcelain.

Soon after 1810 Coalport china was distinguished by its soft white tone, clear surface and creamy translucency.

Furhter technical impruvements in the early 1820s made it yet more purely white, finer textured, with a high white translucency.

Such Japan patterns are normally associated with the Derby factory but they were common to most ceramic manufacturers.

Coalport produced a great many patterns of this class and probably made more Japan patterns than the Derby factory at that period.Painted decoration was sparce on the ordinary table ware with simple floral designs in the New Hall manner.Much teaware was produced in this popular style but the shapes were quite different from those employed by the Staffordshire company.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.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.