A COALPORT 'FELTSPAR' PORCELAIN DESSERT SERVICE, CIRCA 1825
painted with generous bouquets of flowers within borders gilt with cornucopiae and scrolls, comprising: three square dishes, 8in wide; three shell-shaped dishes, 9in wide; three lobed oval dishes, elaborate printed marks, 11¾in wide; a pair of ice pails, liners and covers; a pair of fruit stands, on modelled stems, one detached; four comports; a sugar basin and matched cover; a square dish; an oval dish; a shell-shaped dish; twenty-four dessert; plates, one piece with elaborate printed marks (45)
Overall of good appearance and quite complete. Three of the larger elements need some repair (see below for details).
In good condition.
Four square dishes (one is extensively rubbed to the gilding of the border, the others with light rubbing and stacking wear, no damages other than that)
Four shell dishes (one with notable rubbing to the gilt border, the remainder with light rubbing, no damages detected)
Four lobed oval dishes (light rubbing to gilt borders, two have iron red mars, one has a puce mark and one is unmarked)
Pair of ice pails (one ice pale cover and liner in good order but with minor flaking to the pink enamels, the other finial has been broken into three sections and is in need of restoration and there are no losses) light rubbing to gilding. One ice pail is slightly over fired so there is a bloom to the painting and slight crazing and staining.
Pair of fruit stands on moulded stems (the example with the detached stem has some minor chipping to the top of the stem, the bowl needs to be re-attached and some light rubbing to the gilding)
Four Comports (one where the plate and stem have become detached. The socket has been also been detached and broken in two. It retains its metal fitting. Collar requires restoration.
Sugar bowl finial has been broken and re-attached with a metal bolt, the sugar bowl itself is extensively stained with several stress cracks to the rim and body of the foot rim. The cover is slightly poor fit.
Twenty-four plates (eight in generally good condition, eight with slight rubbing to the gilt borders, three with extensive rubbing to gilt borders, one worn and cracked, one with rim chip and extensive wear, one with stress crack and rubbing to gilding, one with a section of the rim broken with rivetted repair)
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Inventory, 1893, ‘Gold & Flower Coalport Dessert Service’ in the Still Room;
Inventory, 1949, A coalport dessert service with gold borders, the centres painted sprays of flowers in natural colours, comprising: Four square fishes Four oval dishes Four shell shaped dishes Two wine coolers, covers and liners Two large tazzae Four smaller ditto Two Sucriers, one cover and two stands Twenty-four plates in all 53 pieces, marked with the Society of Arts Gold Medal mark, 1820' in the Morning Room and China Pantry