This is a good PAIR of ironstone Dinner Plates in hand painted floral pattern No. 23, made by Hicks and Meigh of Shelton, Staffordshire, England between 1812 and 1822, circa 1815.
The plates have a large diameter of over 10 inches and are well potted with a moulded edge and wavy rim.
Both plates are well hand painted in colored enamels over a lightly printed outline in a beautiful flower basket pattern (their pattern no.23) which was probably based on an original 18th Century Chinese design. Pieces by Hicks and Meigh in this pattern are illustrated on Page 260 in Geoffrey Godden’s Guide to Ironstone, published by the Antique Collectors’ Club
The plates have a printed Royal Arms mark to the base with STONE CHINA and No. 23 below. This is a recorded mark used by Hicks and Meigh, as illustrated on Page 253 of the same book.
Overall a beautiful pair of Dinner Plates about 200 years old.