Unusual English Porcelain Scallop Shell Pen Tray Probably Coalport
A very pretty early 19th century porcelain pen tray with moulded scallop shell walls in pink and yellow against a green ground with gilt seaweed and with stylised swan heads at either end, the whole picked out with gilding. Inside there are 2 raised walls with scallops to hold your pens and the base is very finely painted with garden flowers. Probably made by Coalport, c.1820, unmarked.
It measures 28cm (11") long, 6cm (2 3/8") wide and 7.6cm (3") high.
Condition is very good and it displays well but one swan head has been restored. This has been done very well and professionally but the tone has become slightly creamy and the gilding has been done in gold paint and has dulled. No damage or other repairs. The enamels are lovely and bright and surface wear to the gilding is minimal, just a small amount to the other swan.