The London porcelain factory, Chelsea, made this dinner plate during the 'gold anchor' period that spanned from 1758 to 1769. This was the most opulent phase in the factory's history as it witnessed the introduction of rich ground colours, delicate imagery and elaborate gilding. Perhaps the most popular of these new ground colours, mazarine blue appeared on all manner of objects and emphasised gilded and enamelled decoration. This plate, with a mazarine border, is an exceptional example of the porcelain from that period.
French artisans, Charles Gouyan and Nichols Sprimont, established the Chelsea porcelain factory in London in 1743 and modelled their soft-paste porcelain wares upon the exceptional pieces produced by SÃ¨vres and Meissen. Employing highly skilled craftsmen, the pair manufactured some of the best examples of English porcelain and catered exclusively to the local luxury market. Their wares are now divided into four periods that are defined by changes to the porcelain marks. These are the 'triangle' period from 1743 to 1750; the 'raised anchor' period from 1750 to 1756; the 'red anchor' period from 1753 to 1758 (it overlapped the previous period by three years); and the 'gold anchor' from 1758 to 1769. Sprimont sold the Chelsea business to Derby in 1770, and the two enterprises operated under the combined name, 'Chelsea-Derby', until 1784.