'Been through the wars' Antiques Roadshow expert sceptical over 'knackered' ceramic plate

“One of the great benefits of the 1851 Exhibition was something called the Medieval Court, and that was designed by Pugin and what we’re looking at is a Gothic revival, insofar as the technique that’s been used here is an encaustic technique.

“It works on the premise that they would be moulded with depressions and then you would press the coloured clays and fill them with enamel.

“But in this case, they possibly even used very fine liquid slips, in 1848, when this plate was made, which is Minton.”

Wanting to know for certain, the guest asked: “Do you think it is Mintons? Because I couldn’t see any maker’s marks on the back, I think.”

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