Bone china dessert plate with the royal cipher "VR" in the centre
- Object Number: STKMG:1996.C.195
- Simple Name: plate
- Full Name: dessert plate
- Production Place: Longport
- Production Place: Staffordshire
- Production Place: England
- Production Organisation: W Davenport and Co (maker)
- Summary: Bone china dessert plate with the royal cipher "VR" in the centre. The rim features a a crown and the coat of arms of the City of London. The plate is painted in enamels and heavily gilded, some raised. Printed mark on reverse in gold.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Terms:18th & 19th Century Staffordshire
- Inscription:DAVENPORT LONGPORT STAFFORDSHIRE / POTTERS TO THEIR MAJESTIES printed base
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- Additional Notes: This is one of twenty four dessert plates used at the Royal table during a banquet at the Guildhall given by the City of London on 9th November 1837 for over 500 people to celebrate the young Queen Victoria?s accession the throne in May. At this time, the Davenport factory was the largest pottery enterprise in Staffordshire and enjoyed great prestige. The business had been founded by John Davenport (1765-1848) in 1794 and the venture quickly prospered and extended to include five pottery factories and a glass works. According to the Staffordshire Advertiser of November 1837, the order to supply the china and glass for the banquet was placed only a month before the event was to be held. Clues to the quick turnaround include the standardised shape of the plate and the back stamp ?Manufacturer to their majesties?, indicating that the plate had been made earlier in the year during reign of Victoria?s uncle and aunt William IV and Queen Adelaide.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery