On offer is a beautiful teacup and saucer made by H&R Daniel in around 1830.


Henry Daniel came from a family of master colour makers and became the head of the decoration department in the famous Spode factory. He is responsible for all the beautiful early Spode decorations and colours. In 1822 he formed a partnership with his son Richard and opened his own factory, creating a truly iconic body of work with the most subtle colours and beautifully painted flowers and landscapes. The Daniel factory was the last true cottage industry among the English potteries, resisting the increase of industrialisation and mass production. This resulted in extraordinary and unrivalled quality, but it probably also lead to the factory having to close its doors in 1846 because it could no longer make a profit. Daniel cups are hard to identify and the factory was only around for two decades, and these cups have therefore become true collectors' items.


This teacup and saucer are decorated with a band of bright jade green and finely hand painted flower sprigs. The flowers are exceptionally delicate and detailed; very different from the more controlled and lavish flowers that were fashionable at the time. In fact many of the petals are transparent, adding to the sense of delicacy that is so unusual for teacups of this period. 


The teacup is in the "Sutherland" shape, which was an example of the Rococo revival that took place in the Regency period. It was produced throughout the 1830s and 1840s.


It is increasingly difficult to come across Daniel teacups, so this is a true collectors' item. As the factory was only in operation for 24 years and it never embraced technological solutions that would allow a greater output, the number of items produced is extremely limited and not many have survived.


The items are unmarked as was often the requirement of clients in those days; retailers were worried that people would go to the Potteries directly so therefore kept secret where their items were produced. However, usually items have a pattern number, but this set has no pattern number and does not appear in any of the known Daniel pattern books (which are not complete, so it is possible that the record got lost).


CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent antique condition. Its only flaw is some crazing on the outside wall of the cup, causing it not to ring true. The gilding is hardly worn; a little bit on the rims of the saucer, the cup handle and the cup rim where a right-handed person would drink from the cup. There are no cracks, chips or repairs.


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 (diameter at the widest point): cup 10.7cm, saucer 15.7cm


SHIPPING I do not make a profit on shipping and am happy to combine orders and/or refund any excess shipping charges. Shipping will be covered for loss or damage. For international shipping I show blanket charges per world region but if you order from abroad, please check with me for precise delivery charges - they may be more or less than that and I will adjust your invoice accordingly. Delivery times can vary greatly per country, and I will do anything I can to get the item to you within your required time - generally this will be 2 to 3 working days within the UK and 6 to 8 working days internationally. Please do contact me for advice and costs for faster shipping options.

H&R Daniel teacup, Sutherland shape, unregistered pattern ca 1830

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