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This is a charming orphaned coffee cup made by Minton around the year 1805, which was the first period of Minton porcelain. The cup is decorated on the outside with a wide band with pink wild roses against a background of fine foliage.

 

Minton was one of the pioneers of English china production alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport, Ridgway, Coalport and others. They were located in Staffordshire and were known specifically for their wonderfully fine white bone china and bright colours. There is a colour called "Minton Blue" which is a fresh azure blue that was very fashionable during the Victorian era. Throughout the different phases of its existence, the factory made top quality creamware, porcelain, majolica and ultimately the finest parian porcelain. Between 1816 and 1824 Minton paused all porcelain production, and porcelain items from this early period are very rare as production wasn't that big. Minton excelled in their decorations and gilt work; in the early years Minton often made superb imitations of other factories' patterns, and in the later years decorations were often designed and executed by artists who came from the Sèvres factory in France and brought their skills with them.

 

This cup would have been part of a large tea service. It has lost its companion teacup and saucer but is still wonderful by itself. 

 

This cup would make a very special gift to a coffee lover!

 

The cup is unmarked, as is common for this period, and without a pattern number, but it is clear from the style that this would have been from the very early period of porcelain production at Minton.

 

CONDITION REPORT  The cup is in good antique condition. There is a tiny stress line coming off the rim near the handle, and the handle is a little discoloured. The underside of the cup has very fine micro crazing - too fine to see on the pictures. There is some rubbing throughout. Please see the pictures.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal, 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 (diameter) 6.2cm (2.5").

Minton orphaned coffee can, pink wild rose pattern, ca 1805

SKU: A-MIN29
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