On offer is an absolutely stunning teacup and saucer made by H&R Daniel during the few years leading up to 1830. The items are unmarked (except for the pattern number 4111) as was often the requirement of clients in those days; retailers were worried that people would go to the Potteries directly so therefore kept secret where their items were produced.
Henry Daniel came from a family of master colour makers and became the head of the decoration department in the famous Spode factory. He is responsible for all the beautiful early Spode decorations and colours. In 1822 he formed a partnership with his son Richard and opened his own factory, creating a truly iconic body of work with the most subtle colours and beautifully painted flowers and landscapes. The Daniel factory was the last true cottage industry among the English potteries, resisting the increase of industrialisation and mass production. This resulted in extraordinary and unrivalled quality, but it probably also lead to the factory having to close its doors in 1846 because it could no longer make a profit. Daniel cups are hard to identify and the factory was only around for two decades, and these cups have therefore become true collectors' items.
This teacup and saucer are decorated with gorgeous, finely painted landscapes set in a lime and cobalt blue background and beautiful gilding. The landscapes depict rivers, cottages, a castle and mountains in the background. It is worth taking out a magnifying glass to marvel at the great detail. The cobalt blue areas have gilt details that make it look like a night sky with stars and planets. The combination of the landscapes and the night sky creates a very rich whole of night and day, world and other-world; the lime coloured panels accentuate the rich ornamental gilding and create a wonderful backdrop for the rather autumnal landscapes.
The teacup is in the "Second Gadroon" shape, which was an example of the Rococo revival that took place in the Regency period. It was produced in the late 1830s and 1840s and derived its name from the richly worked rims. This shape has a very elaborate cup handle as well - this is another recognisable H&R Daniel feature. One more great feature is the raised well in the saucer. Wells were still relatively new on saucers, which were usually deep and smooth during the earlier Georgian period, and this flat saucer with its raised well certainly makes a statement!
CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent antique condition with minor wear. There is some rubbing to the gilding and the paintings in places, mainly in the well of the saucer. There is a flaked chip on the outside of the rim of the cup, visible in the last picture - this chip does not stand out at all. Other than this, there are no chips nor are there any cracks or hairlines. Like with most Henry Daniel items, the cup has light crazing and does not ring true; the saucer rings half-true.
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!
DIMENSIONS (diameter): cup 10cm, saucer 14.5cm
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.
Teacup and saucer, hand painted landscapes, H&R Daniel ca1830
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