This is a beautiful set of a teacup and coffeecup made by an unknown Staffordshire maker in about 1815. It is possible that they were made by Anstice, Horton & Rose (early Coalport) but as there is no marking or record of the pattern, we can't know exactly.


It is believed that in the early 19th Century there were about 300 potteries in Staffordshire alone, many of which have left no history behind other than the items they made. Anstice, Horton & Rose were part of the early Coalport factory - the half of it managed by Thomas Rose, the brother of the more famous John Rose who later bought him out and would continue to make Coalport very famous. Thomas Rose was known for these sorts of abstract gilt patterns, applied with great skill and good taste, and he also made earthenware alongisde porcelain. However, because there is no marking on either the cups or the saucers we can't know for sure.


The cups are shaped in the "London" style, which became very popular after 1813, when Spode brought it out first. The set is lightly potted in very fine creamware. The decoration of a slightly psychedelic pattern of gilt zigzag with a nice border of red ovals has been applied with great precision.


CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent antique condition without any damage or repairs, and very little wear. It does have some very fine micro-crazing that is hardly visible with the naked eye.


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): coffeecup 6.8cm (2.8"), saucer 14.2cm (5.6").

Staffordshire creamware coffee cup, gilt zigzag, ca 1815



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