This is a stunningly beautiful Yates teacup and saucer made between 1817 and 1825, which is known as the Regency period. The shape of the cup is often called the "Etruscan" shape, inspired by the recent excavations by British explorers in Italy, and this particular handle is often called the "seven" handle, because its shape is like a number 7.

 

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.

 

This set stands out in its elegant simplicity: this wasted Etruscan shape was popular in the High Regency period and makes one think of the dresses the ladies wore at that time. The set is sparsely decorated with sublimely painted flowers; Yates was able to attract some of the best flower painters of their time, some of them from the Welsh factories after they went into decline in the early 1820s. These flowers are very vivid and realistic, and you can find the species today in any English garden: a beautiful English rose, peony, harebells, nightshade, hollyhock and mallow.

 

The cup and saucer are unmarked, as was quite normal at the time; retailers were worried that customers would discover where their purchases were produced and go to the Potteries directly, so they often stipulated that potters do no mark their items.

 

CONDITION REPORT The set is in very excellent antique condition with no damage and hardly any wear; there is the very beginning of some extremely light crazing near the cup handle, but this is too little to pick up in a picture and has no bearing on the way the cup looks or sounds when you tap it.

 

Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can also have small firing lines. This set is relatively free from any firing specks but you might see some. There is a tiny firing line in the rim of the cup, too weak to capture in a picture, but this has no bearing on the strength of the cup.

 

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. If they are from the 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. 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 (diameters): cup 9.5cm (3 3/4"), saucer 14.3cm (5 5/8").

 

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, sublime hand painted flowers, Yates 1817-1825

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