Coffee Cup, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1756-58

 

This Worcester coffee cup is decorated in a most delightful manner, with red and dark pink enamel peony blooms growing on a slender, undulating brown branch above which a pencilled butterfly hovers, its wings on the upward beat. The veins of the brown leaves are picked out in soft gold, and there is also a spray of gilt bamboo fronds. The cup is neatly potted, as are all teawares of this early period, the paste having a typical greyish hue. The handle is in the form of a grooved loop.

This combination of colours and design is unusual, the inspiration clearly coming from Chinese porcelain of the early Eighteenth Century.

Provenance: The Crane Collection; an English Private Collection.

Condition: The condition is excellent with no damage or restoration.

Dimensions: Height 6.6 cm

Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection, Simon Spero & John Sandon (Antique Collectors' Club, 1996).

Ref. Spero and Sandon illustrate an early pickle dish from this period, decorated in this pattern. See The Zorensky Collection, page 144, fig.130.

 

 
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