Locre (Paris) porcelain plate, London decorated with gold & flowers, Baxter? c. 1810
Superb Lorcre porcelain plate, richly decorated with a wide band of colourful flowerheads & foliage reserved on a gold ground, a single red poppy flower to the center surrounded by a scrolling gilt border.
Underglaze blue crossed ‘firebrand’ mark for Locre & Russinger, Paris
Enhanced by the London decorator with crossed ‘L’s’ & ‘2’,
Circa 1790 / 1810
minor wear to gold
This fascinating plate has a ‘Sevres’ mark consisting of the crossed ‘L’s’ associated with the French Royal factory. However, a close inspection will reveal these are painted in blue overglaze, while there is another mark beneath them underglaze. This is the crossed firebrand mark of the Paris porcelain maker Locre & Russinger, who sold a large amount of their wares in the white.
These pieces were often used by English decorating studios. Sometimes minor decoration would be removed for new decoration, using grinding or acid. The piece would then be decorated in a desirable pattern.
An unpredictable side effect of this decorating was ‘pitting’ to the glaze, in this instance the back has become speckled with small carbon specks. This suggests a problem with the small kilns used to bake the colours on, with smoke being a likely source of carbon specks settling on the slightly melted glaze.
The style of flower painting, and the lavish use of gold ground suggest a Baxter workshop origin – although the quality control of the firing is usually better for Baxter, so perhaps one of the many other small-scale decorating workshops in London in the early 19th century.