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Thumb and Finger


I have been writing a few times lately about the interesting East-West mix of cultures in porcelain (see the links below). Right now we are more than ever aware how connected we are. We are praying for Italy going through a dark night, cheering for China slowly coming out of isolation, while one of my Chinese customers wrote to me today warning me to wear my face mask ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿค—

Today I have another wonderful example of the mix of East and West: a coffee cup made by Chamberlains in Worcester in about 1805, and decorated in the "Thumb and Finger" pattern. The porcelain of this cup is typical for the time: it is not bone china but an older form of porcelain that looks greyish and sounds different when you tap it, more like Chinese porcelain.


The decoration is a copy of a Japanese Imari design with bright red flowers, panels with gilt cloud-like flowers in t