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CROWN DUCAL GAINSBOROUGH CHARM DINNER PLATE (CER 004)
- 10″ wide dinner plate from the most popular pattern (Charm) in one of Crown Ducal’s best-selling shapes
- Made in the 1930s, based on the style of the pottery mark
- Embossed floral border with a delicate ring of flowers at the edge, prominent floral spray motif at the center.
The company Crown Ducal named both shapes and patterns of the pottery it produced. This is a 10″ wide dinner plate from the most popular pattern (Charm) in one of its longest-lived shapes, the Gainsborough. It features an embossed floral border with a delicate ring of flowers at the edge, and a prominent floral spray motif at the center.
Unlike Crown Devon, Crown Ducal always aimed to woo the English upper crust. Founded in 1915, by 1921 they had established themselves as high quality manufacturers of tableware and other kinds of pottery. They justly valued their image as stalwarts of traditional English pottery design.
Judging by the pottery mark, this plate was most likely at some point in the 1930s. That places it squarely within the “Rhead years” when the now-famous pottery designer Charlotte Rhead was working at Crown Ducal. Since Rhead’s job role (especially during the early years) seems to have been vague, it makes for interesting speculation whether she could have supervised the production (if not the design) of one of Crown Ducal’s most popular product lines.
But based on the traditional floral style and lack of tubelining, the Gainsborough shape and patterns were almost certainly designed & produced under the more conventional aesthetic of Crown Ducal’s art director at the time: W. B. Johnson.
The plate has some very light crazing and a chip on the underside that is not visible from the top. This antique ceramic plate is a great way to add to–or start–your Crown Ducal collection, and even as a standalone display piece.
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