Seven piece Staffordshire partial dessert service. Made in 1855. This soft-paste porcelain partial set consists of two low comports and five plates — it would have been part of a much larger tea or dessert service. While there is no maker’s mark, both comports and two of the plates have date stamps (see photo), which place the production of the set to January 25, 1855. One of the compotes and two of the plates have the pattern number (699) written in gilt on the bottom. These pieces have a dark cobalt blue ground with multiple piercings around the rims and also around the base of the comports. There is a lovely hand-painted floral bouquet in the centre of each piece.
Plate: 9¼ inches (23.5 cm) diameter
Comport: 8¼ inches (21 cm) diameter; 3 inches (8 cm) height
There is a small chip (5 mm) in the gilded edge on the base of one of the comports (see photo). There is significant fading of the floral medallions on the plates and noticeable loss of gilt in the highlights. In spite of the fading/wear to the posies and the gilt, this is a pretty, partial set and would appeal to any Victoriana lover. Priced according to condition.
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