This is a stunning teacup and saucer made by an unknown Staffordshire pottery in about 1820. The cup and saucer were painted by a very capable artist, although we don't know who.

 

In the early 19th Century there were at some point about 300 potteries in Staffordshire, which at the time was a major centre of porcelain industry in the world. This cup and saucer are probably from one of the many excellent but completely forgotten factories who made use of capable decorators who would often move from factory to factory in search of work.

 

This set is potted elegantly in rather heavy, thick porcelain in a flared lip shape with a "7" handle. It is decorated with a cobalt blue rim with beautiful gilt vines and has absolutely stunning rose studies in the centre of the cup and saucer, alongside blue forget-me-nots. The flower study is obviously painted by an extremely capable painter but we don't know who. It is likely that it was one of the talented Welsh painters who moved to the Stafforshire factories from the Welsh potteries during the years between 1817 and 1822.

 

I have two plates made by Coalport that seem to have a nearly identical pattern, and could very well be painted by the same hand. You can find these elsewhere in the shop.

 

CONDITION REPORT The cup and saucer are in very good antique condition without any damage or repairs. However, the gilt vines on the rims are quite rubbed, which is visible in the pictures.

 

The items are unmarked.

 

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 9.8cm (3 7/8"), saucer 14.5cm (5 3/4").

 

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.

Staffordhire teacup, cobalt blue, gilt vines and sublime rose, 1817-1820

SKU: A-ANO29
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