This is a beautifully decorated teacup and saucer made by Machin around 1825. 

 

Machin & Co was one of the many potteries in Staffordshire such as Spode, Coalport, H&R Daniel and many others during the 1820s and 1830s. They were in operation between 1812 and 1830 and made very high quality porcelain. As this was not a very long period, their wares are now quite rare and very desired among collectors.

 

This set is potted in a fluted design with a gadrooned rim, as was the fashion on the mid 1820s. The handle is a typical Machin handle, which is not quite a "London" shape, not a "7" shape and not an "Old English" shape but a combination of all these. The gadrooned rim is interesting; on the saucer the gadrooning is on the face, but on the cup it is on the outside under the flared lip, while the inside of the lip is smooth. The set is decorated with very finely painted flowers; at first sight they may not be impressive, but if you look well you will see that they have been painted with great precision. 

 

The cup and saucer are not marked except the pattern number 298.

 

CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent condition without any damage, crazing or repairs. There is some slight rubbing here and there, as is visible in the pictures. There is some kiln dust on the rim of the saucer and the underside of the cup, but this is from production and does not distract from the pristine white beauty of the porcelain.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration 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 easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS (diameters): cup 9.5cm (3.75"), saucer 15.5cm (6.2").

 

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.

Machin teacup and saucer, hand painted flowers, ca 1825

SKU: A-MAC01
£135Price
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