Beautiful Very Rare Regency Blue Dragon Pattern Thomas Rose Coalport Porcelain Tea Set c 1805
A rare antique blue dragon pattern tea set by Thomas Rose Coalport, in hybrid hard paste porcelain in the old oval shape, with Bute shaped cups and saucers, dating from around 1805. This service has no makers mark although some items have the pattern number 352 in gilding underneath. George III was the monarch on the throne at the time this tea set was made at the start of the nineteenth century.
The teapot is in the old oval shape, has no pouring guard, a faceted spout, and a nine hole lozenge shaped strainer. The creamer is in the plain old oval shape. The tea cups are Bute shaped with plain loop handles. The coffee cans are straight sided with plain loop handles, with an almost imperceptible kick towards the base.
All items are decorated with a very unusual under-glaze blue and gilded winged dragon pattern with iron red highlights. The larger items have two dragons in different poses, one that appears to be running and roaring with a long heart shaped tongue, the other looking directly out and looks to be smiling, although the original designer probably meant them to scary. They both have long curling pointed tails and spiky wings that look not unlike a stegosaurus. There is a root and tree pattern with copious numbers of gilded leaves on very thin iron red branches.
The set consists of: a Teapot and cover, milk jug, slop basin, a saucer dish 8 3/8 inches diameter, three plates 7 3/8 inches diameter, eleven teacups, ten saucers and two coffee cans, a total of 30 items.
Thomas Rose, the younger brother of John Rose, established a china works at Coalport in 1800, in partnership with William Reynolds. In 1803 William Reynolds died and was replaced in the partnership by Robert Anstice and William Horton. Their wares are sometimes referred to as Anstice, Horton and Rose.
The wares of this short lived factory were made of a hybrid hard-paste porcelain which had minor differences in the moulding of shapes and applied decoration and are very hard to separate of those of, his elder brother, John Rose. In fourteen years of production Thomas Rose and Co produced at least 1419 different pattern numbers, plus the unnumbered blue-and-white designs. The Anstice Works were taken over by the John Rose company in 1814 and the two factories were united.