This is a beautifully decorated coffee cup and saucer made around 1835.


There is speculation about who made this cup; based on the shape of the handle, the decoration, the porcelain body/glazing and the pattern number it was most likely made by Davenport.


Davenport was one of the pioneers of English china production alongside other great potters such as Spode, Ridgway, Minton, Coalport and others and they created very high quality tea and dinnerware.


The set is finely potted in extremely white porcelain with a nicely faux-gadrooned rim. Gadrooned rims have ribbed moulding around the edges and originally occurred on silver items; potters started imitating them in the 1820 and 1830s but this set has imitated it by means of the decoration - of course it was cheaper not to have to mould the rim of the items! The pattern on this set is very striking: a bold and bright design of acanthus leaves in bright blue, beige and gilt. The shape is an elegant bell shape and the handle is a typical "Rococo Revival" handle; it is shaped a bit like the way a twig grows on a tree, rather than plain and smooth as was the fashion only 10 or 20 years earlier.

This cup could also be attributed to Minton, but based on the amount of crazing of the glaze and the pattern number, it is more likely that it is a Davenport.


Except for the pattern number painted on the back (1090), this set is unmarked, which is normal for items of this period - retailers wanted to keep it a secret where they had their wares made, so that customers would not go directly to the Potteries!


CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent antique condition except one flaw: it is extensively crazed all over. Crazing is the result of the porcelain body shrinking faster than the glaze, and it is a process that often starts in the kiln and only becomes visible after many years. It does not affect the strength or beauty of the item and should not be seen as damage, as it is a normal sign of ageing. Some types of glazing caused more crazing, depending on the recipe the potter would have used.


Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles.


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. If they are from the 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. 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 (diameter): cup 9.2cm (3 5/8"), saucer 15cm (5 7/8").


SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Coffee cup and saucer, Rococo Revival, attr. Davenport ca 1835

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