This is a beautiful teacup and saucer made by Wedgwood between 1812 and 1820.
Wedgwood is one of the original great potteries of Staffordshire in England. While Spode, Minton, Davenport and others were always experimenting with new styles and materials, Wedgwood was known for sticking to tradition and still produces great tableware today. Their designs may not always be the most forward thinking, but they are iconic the world over and always of great quality.
What made Wedgwood most famous was their excellent neo-Classicist designs, which they excelled at in the early 19th Century and some of which are still in production today (the famous Jasperware series for instance). What is much more rare is to find a teacup like this with a Chinoiserie design. This pattern is called Cuckoo. For whatever reason, Wedgwood was never really into Chinoiserie, while many of its competitors created their own styles and patterns that have become famous. Even so, the Cuckoo design is still made today!
This cup is in the 607 pattern of a cuckoo sitting on a branch with beautiful Chinese flowers. The ground of the items is printed with a very light print of thousands of little swirls, creating the soft slightly cloudy looking background. The decorations are applied over the glaze, causing you to feel them with your fingers and giving the cup and saucer a very earthy feel. It is a sublime piece of work and the items were potted from the finest white bone china.
This pattern was lasting; Wedgwood still makes it today, in almost unchanged form! So if you like, you could buy yourself a modern teapot with it and it will be a perfect ensemble.
CONDITION REPORT The cup is in excellent antique condition with no damage, crazing or repairs, and only some very light wear to the gilt and the background colour.
DIMENSIONS (diameters) cup 8cm (3 1/8"), saucer 14cm (5.5").
Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains 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 see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!
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Teacup and saucer, Cuckoo pattern Wedgwood 1812-1820
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