This is a rare and beautiful coffee cup made by Worcester around 1760 in their First or the "Dr Wall" period. This cup is orphaned; it would have been part of a "true trio" with a teacup and saucer, but they got lost. The cup is painted in the popular "stag hunt" pattern.

 

Worcester was one of the first potteries in Britain to create items in porcelain. Alongside other great potteries such as Derby, Chelsea and Bow, they pioneered a new industry that would grow out to be huge in the following century. This cup and saucer are from the first period, which is often called the "Dr Wall" period after its founder. In later years Worcester went through many different ownerships and styles, and ultimately it became the Royal Worcester factory that only finished operation in the early 21st Century.

 

This coffee cup and saucer are very finely potted in early porcelain; it has a slightly cream/grey hue as it contains no or very little bone ash. The design is a copy of an old Chinese pattern of a stag hunt; in one panel you see one person hunting two stags who are running away; in the other panel you see two hunters talking near a pagoda. The cup is very finely painted and has a nice fleur de lys gilt decoration on the inside of the rim.

 

This stag hunt pattern is very popular. I believe this to be the original version as done at the Worcester factory; about 10 or 20 years later James Giles did many of them in their London workshop.

 

The cup is unmarked, as was common at the time.

 

CONDITION REPORT The coffee cup is in excellent condition without any damage, crazing or repairs. There is light wear to the paintings, as visible in the pictures.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal, 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 5.7cm (2.5") diameter, 5.7cm (2.5") high.

 

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.

Worcester orphaned coffee cup, stag hunt pattern, 1st Period ca 1760

SKU: HP-WOR01
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