Rare Set of 8 Artist Paint Color Salesman Sample Trial Plates Staffordshire England
This set of 8 porcelain color trial plates form a very unusual collectors item, or art studio/interior design/shop prop. The plates each measure 10-1/2 inches in diameter. They represent a selection of kiln fired enamel paints that were made for pottery and porcelain decoration. The blank plates were fabricated in Staffordshire England, and painted to demonstrate the use of colors on a spectrum and range when applied to the porcelain material. The plates show a graduated range of shades and hues, red to orange, orange to yellow, yellow to green, greens, blues (2), purples to burgundy, blue to violet, all hand painted by the artist. The enamel colors were dabbed on, each color assigned a number, appearing to be historical colors, and then the plates were fired at over 800-840 degrees. The back of each plate bears a series number. The plates are anonymous, having no makers mark or artist name. These are contemporary plates, no more than 20 years old. Painted by a color chemist in the Staffordshire region and guaranteed authentic.
Test/Color Sample Plates are used as a guide for painters to ensure consistency in colors, for practice work or to show colors to customers. They might also have been displayed in a shop, carried by paint salesman and offered in pottery manuacturers catalogs. These were not typically available to buy.
The plates are in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. Minor crazing of a few of the color dabs on a couple of the plates, original to the making. Fine original condition.
The set is unique, one of a kind perfect for the artist potter or anyone with an artistic flair. They would make a gorgeous table setting for service for 8. The colorful wares display beautifully, would light up any work space wall.
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