PALATIAL COALPORT Victorian Louis XV Potpourri Enamel Gilded Porcelain Vase


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Today we are thrilled to be offering for sale a stupendous and absolutely rare antique Coalport museum-quality porcelain potpourri vase! Coalport, Shropshire, England was a center of porcelain and pottery production between about 1795 and 1926, with the Coalport porcelain brand continuing to be used up to the present. The opening in 1792 of the Coalport Canal, which joins the River Severn at Coalport, had increased the attractiveness of the site, and from 1800 until a merger in 1814 there were two factories operating, one on each side of the canal, making rather similar wares which are now often difficult to tell apart. Both factories made mostly tablewares that had elaborate overglaze decoration, mostly with floral subjects. A further round of mergers in 1819 brought moulds and skilled staff from Nantgarw porcelain and Swansea porcelain to Coalbrook, which continued to thrive through the rest of the century. The Coalport factory was founded by John Rose in 1795; he continued to run it successfully until his death in 1841. The company often sold its wares as Coalbrookdale porcelain, especially the pieces with flowers modeled in three dimensions, and they may be called Coalport China. This stunning circa 1850’s palace-sized poutporri vase is the epitome of fine craftsmanship and detail. The vase is created in the Louis XV style, which was one of the many ornate Revival styles preferred by Europeans elites of the Victorian period. The style and design of the vase resembles mid 18th century creations by the Sevres factory of France, especially pieces created for Madade de Pompadour. This vase is finely crafted of soft paste porcelain, in a baluster shape, with twisted foliate Rococo handles, and leafed gilded and painted sabot feet. The vase features a pale celadon, white and gilt color scheme, with hand-applied enamel floral decorations throughout. The vase features a pierced and reticulated cover lid, with a foliate finial. The lid was pierced to allow the aroma of fragrant potpourri placed inside to waft out. The vase was most likely part of an elaborate salon garniture set. The piece is unmarked but unmistakably the work of Coalport. An identical vase, with slightly different colors, is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (see last photo). This spectacular piece presents beautifully and is in good antique condition, with minor wear and patina commensurate with age. There is minor loss to gilding. The vase has stable fractures in several areas, these flaws are hard to notice and do not detract from the beauty or solidity of the piece. The cover of the vase has extensive old repairs and cracks; the finial was repaired/reconstructed and has a small chip. The vase is sold as found and could benefit from further restoration but displays beautifully as-is.  Pried accordingly.  This rare and fine antique of the utmost quality and beauty came out of the estate of a prominent Newport, RI hostess. A piece of this beauty and quality is seldom seen in the open market today.  It is a privilege to own one in any condition!  This is a truly wonderful opportunity to acquire a masterpiece of design, execution, and craftsmanship. Add palatial grandeur to any interior with this masterpiece…Fresh to the market!

Dimensions: approx. 26″ in height, 11-1/2″ in length, and 10″ in depth