This is a stunning tea and coffee cup trio made by Coalport during the Rococo Revival period around 1840. The trio bears the famous "Phoenix" pattern, a rich pattern in cobalt blue and gold on a cream background that has an eagle head in it that looks very much like a phoenix rising from fire. In the early 19th Century, teacup trios did not come as a cup with two saucers, like they did later in the century, but as a teacup and coffee cup sharing the same saucer; you would never drink tea and coffee at the same time, so why invest in an extra saucer?

 

The trio was made in the latter period of the Regency and the beginning of the Rococo Revival. Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th Century, coming out with many innovative designs. The pottery emerged around the year 1800 in Shropshire, right on the edge of Staffordshire and near other great makers such as Spode, Minton, Davenport and many others. They went on to become a major potter in the 19th Century and brought out many iconic designs.

 

The Phoenix design is very desired for its rich quality and grace; it is hard to overstate the beauty of this set.

 

CONDITION REPORT The trio is in excellent antique condition with no damage, wear or repairs. The only sign of time is some very slight rubbing in the saucer, probably from stacking as there is no sign of previous use on the cups. All items ring so there seems to be no crazing.

 

The items are unmarked, as was often the case with items of this period, but they have the hand painted pattern number 4/375.

 

Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition.

They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.

 

There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS (diameters): teacup 10.4cm (4 1/8"), coffee cup 8.5cm (3 3/8"), saucer 14.3cm (5 5/8").

Antique tea/coffee cup trio, "Phoenix" pattern on Adelaide shape, Coalport1840

SKU: A-COA39
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