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Chelsea Blue Anchor Plate

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Dates Circa 1752
Medium Porcelain
Origin England
Description An exceedingly rare Chelsea ‘blue anchor’ plate painted with the Japanese pattern of two phoenix or Ho-Ho birds on two rocks with flowering bamboo.

Blue Anchor mark.

*Underglaze blue painted Chelsea porcelain is exceptionally rare and very few pieces are known to exist.

22.5cm Dia.

Condition Broken in several places and re-bonded, chip to edge filled, clearly visible.
Literature Margaret Legg, Flowers and Fables A survey of Chelsea Porcelain, 1745-69, p. 48, no 82, (dish, 1752-55) National Gallery of Victoria.

Sally Kevill-Davies, Chelsea China from Private Collections, Exhibition Catalogue 1999, p. 27, no 24 for this very plate. (Catalogue included).

*Elizabeth Adams, Chelsea Porcelain, p. 93, where she states: This pattern comes from the Japanese Kakiemon inspiration and has been made familiar to many who have no idea of its original history by commercial copies painted on white earthenware which were made in the first half of the 20th century. See also: Haughton Ex. Cat. A Collection Chelsea and other English porcelain, p. 25, where it is noted that only a handful of these plates survive. (p.4).