Davenport bone china dessert plate

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Bone china dessert plate made in 1837 by W. Davenport & Co., Longport, North Staffordshire. © Stoke-on-Trent Museums

One of 24 dessert plates used at the Royal table of a banquet for Queen Victoria to celebrate her accession in 1837.Bone china gave the North Staffordshire pottery industry a popular and world beating rival to the porcelain produced in China and continental Europe.
The development of bone china by Spode around 1800 was a significant technological leap for the ceramic industry. It was not long before other famous producers such as Minton and Wedgwood were creating similar ware.
This plate is evidence of the acclaim and respect that bone china achieved in a relatively short time.
Made by W. Davenport and Co. in Longport, it was one of 24 plates used for the dessert course at the Royal table of a formal meal given for Queen Victoria to celebrate her accession to the throne. This banquet was held at the Guildhall in the City of London in November 1837 and the plate is decorated with both the Queen's monogram and the arms of the City of London.

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