|Type Name:||PORCELAIN, ENGLISH SOFT PASTE|
A hard, compact, chalky-appearing and somewhat vitrified white paste, that is softer and more granular than Asian porcelains.
Covered with a semi-gloss, transparent lead or feldspathic glaze that is not completely fused with the paste, appearing as a thin line in cross section. Running of the glazes can occur on some of the earliest examples.
Decoration is most commonly underglaze hand painting, in a dark (sometimes almost navy) blue, as compared to the bright cobalt blue of Chinese porcelains. Blue transfer printed designs can also occur.
Motifs include chinoiserie, floral and naturalistic designs.
|Comments:||English soft-paste porcelains were largely replaced by Bone China (a variety of hard-paste porcelain) by the early 19th century. The English soft paste porcelains in this collection are most likely from Worcester, and date between 1770-1780.|
|Published Definitions:||Miller and Stone 1970; Noel Hume 1970; 2001; Miller 2002; www.jefpat.org/diagnostic/Historic_Ceramic_Web_Page/Historic_Main.htm|