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Plate

Plate

  • Place of origin:

    Worcester (made)

  • Date:

    1790-1792 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pennington, John, born 1773 - died 1841 (painter)
    Worcester porcelain factory (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain painted with underglaze blue, enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Rev. A. Duanne Pell

  • Museum number:

    C.990-1922

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case D, shelf 1

This plate is from the 'Hope' service, made for the Duke of Clarence in 1792. The Derby factory made strenuous efforts to poach this prestigious commission from the Worcester porcelain factory. John Pennington, who painted the central subject on this plate in monochrome enamels, was Worcester's finest painter during the late 1700s. He began his apprenticeship with Wedgwood in London in 1784 at the comparatively late age of eighteen. This explains why he was apprenticed for three years rather than the usual seven. Perhaps exceptionally, he was 'allowed one hour each day for the purpose of improving himself in drawing'.

Physical description

Plate in soft-paste porcelain painted with underglaze blue, enamels and gilded. In the middle is a medallion with a female figure of Hope with an anchor watching a ship in the distant. Border of classical architectural motives in gold on a blue enamel ground.

Place of Origin

Worcester (made)

Date

1790-1792 (made)

Artist/maker

Pennington, John, born 1773 - died 1841 (painter)
Worcester porcelain factory (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain painted with underglaze blue, enamels and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

A crescent under 'Flight' under a crown
In underglaze blue

Dimensions

Diameter: 24.4 cm

Descriptive line

Plate in soft-paste porcelain painted with underglaze blue, enamels and gilded, painted by John Pennington, Worcester porcelain factory, Worcester, 1790-1792.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Young, Hilary. English Porcelain, 1745-95. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1999. 229p., ill. ISBN 1851772820.

Production Note

From the 'Hope' service made for the Duke of Clarence in 1792.

Materials

Soft paste porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Glazed; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Woman; Rosette; Anchor; Ship

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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