Immense Coalport Indian Tree China Service At Estate Sale
2nd Look Estate Services is conducting an estate sale in Tarboro, North Carolina this weekend, February 19th – 21st. It features 222 pieces of Coalport Indian Tree China along with many beautiful antiques,
According to the mark on the china being sold this weekend these pieces were produced sometime between 1890 and 1920. Indian Tree china was based on Chinese designs starting in early 19th century.
Coalports’ history dates back to the mid 18th century when Squire Edward Brown started using clay and coal to create create clay dinnerware for Caughley China. The first version of Coalport porcelain was produced in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, England in the 1790’s. John Rose was the owner at that time and during the late 1700’s – 1820 Mr. Rose acquired several other china factories.
By 1820 Mr. Roses’ Feldspar porcelain received the gold medal from the Society of Arts.
The Indian Tree pattern is referred to as transfer dinner ware.
John Rose died in 1841 and the new owners began making improvements to what was already a favorite dinnerware pattern. At one point it was so popular Coalport dedicated the bulk of it’s production to the Indian Tree pattern.
By the 1920s Coalport manufacturing was moved to the English pottery town of Stoke-On-Trent. In 1967 it was acquired by the Wedgwood Group.
Your Estate Sales News editor visited the various china factories in England several times during the 1980’s and 2001 including those in Stoke–On-Trent. Sadly today these factories in England have been closed and the china they manufactured is now produced mostly overseas Asia. It does not begin to compare to the original English china and porcelain that was made in England and continues to be sought by collectors.
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