Antique Coalport Porcelain
Antique Coalport Porcelain is original porcelain produced by the English manufacturer Coalport.
Brief history and description
Coalport porcelain was produced in a porcelain factory based in Shropshire, England. Originally called ‘Coalbrookdale Porcelain’ (as a result of the factory’s location in Coalbrookdale), the company was founded in 1795 by John Rose, who oversaw the growth of Coalport to a highly sought after manufacturer of bone china and porcelain.
The quality of these wares improved vastly following the introduction of higher grade porcelain in 1820, and in the mid-18th century, the company began producing domestic dinnerware sets, which proved extremely successful.
Guide for collectors
Interest in fine porcelain pieces has increased consistently over the last century, with many collectors now willing to pay high prices for good quality and rarer finds.
Antique Coalport porcelain has featured prominently at many major auction houses as well as more marginalized and obscure auctioneers. It is also available from antique shops and at online auctioneers such as eBay, though as with all online purchases, collectors who buy online should exercise caution and be sure to correctly assess the authenticity and condition of any particular piece before purchasing.
Further information on antique Coalport porcelain is available from websites such as Antique Porcelain Online, an extensive database concerned with cataloguing and selling antique porcelain pieces.
Amongst the higher prices paid for a lot comprised of antique Coalport porcelain is the sale of a pair of pre-19th century English Coalport urns with hand-painted floral decoration and gold leaf trim, which auctioned for $60,000 at Kaminski Auctions on 3rd October 2007, far surpassing their estimate of $30,000-$40,000.
In a similar price-range, an extensive Coalport dessert service dated from the early 1820’s auctioned from Sotheby’s New York on 4th April 2007 for $39,000.
Amongst the lowest prices reached on record for a piece of Coalport porcelain are the sale of a Coalport porcelain hand-painted flower print turquoise plate, which auctioned from Rose Hill Auction Gallery on 0th October 2005 for just $5, and a pair of Coalport porcelain cups and saucers, which auctioned from Tyler Galleries on 21st August 2004 for just $10.