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This is beautiful teacup and saucer made by Yates around the year 1820, which is known as the Regency period. The set was decorated with the pattern 401 consisting of gracious Etruscan gilt garlands and beautiful hand painted flowers - this exact same pattern was also used by H&R Daniel.

 

This set is sold As Found (A/F) with some damage to the saucer, which is reflected in the price.

 

The Yates factory was operative between 1784 and 1836 and was mostly based in Shelton, Staffordshire. It worked alongside other more famous potters such as Minton, Spode, Coalport and Ridgway, and produced both earthenwares and porcelain.

 

The set is potted in beautiful milky porcelain in a Bell shape with "7" handles. The pattern is identical to one Henry Daniel did in 1825, with the number 3863.

 

The set is unmarked, as was common during this period, except the pattern number 401.

 

CONDITION REPORT The saucer is crazed and has a hardly visible crack; the teacup looks fresh but has some micro-crazing. Both items have some rubbing on the rims.

 

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 teacup 9.5cm (3.75"); saucer 14.5cm (5.75").

Yates teacup, white with flowers and gilt patt. 401, ca 1820 A/F

SKU: A-YAT15b
£75.00Price
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