One of the fascinating things
about collecting porcelain is getting it home, taking out a magnifying
glass and deciphering the marks on its underside. Marks, numbers
and letters hold the clue to the date of manufacture, sometimes
down to the exact year a piece was made. Some marks can even
tell you the name of the artists who modeled and painted a specific
porcelain. Here is some information about some porcelain artists/manufacturers:
James Hadley was the principal modeler of Royal Worcester
and considered to be the finest ceramic modeler of the 19th century.
His softly painted roses later became known as Hadley Roses by
Royal Worcester collectors. In 1875 he set up his own modeling
studio and Royal Worcester continued to absorb most of his output.
In 1905, after Hadley's death, Royal Worcester purchased his
factory including the transfer of all its molds, designs and
workforce. Production of Hadley's designs continued, with a letter
H added to the shape design number.
Royal Copenhagen, Denmark:
Royal Copenhagen porcelain is marked with a Crown and Royal Copenhagen
Denmark in green and three blue wave marks (which represent Denmark's
three straits). From 1935 on, a green dot was placed over or
under one of the letters of the factory name. Each time the dot
moves right to the next letter it represents an additional year.
If you have a Royal Copenhagen porcelain from this period (1935
to 1984) you can easily identify the exact year the piece was
made. From 1935 to 1949, the dot appears above one of the letters
of Royal Copenhagen. From 1950 to 1984, the dot appears below
one of the letters of Royal Denmark Copenhagen.
Royal Delft (De Porceleyne Fles), Holland:
The best known and most respected Delft factory in the Netherlands
is De Porcelain Fles, founded in 1635. It is also known as Royal
Delft since 1919, when it received a Royal warrant in appreciation
for the quality of its products.
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