Coffee Cup, Bow, soft paste porcelain, c.1750

 

The paste, glaze and blue painting of this small Bow coffee cup suggest an early date for production, a time when the factory was using a bright blue underglaze tone with a thick, lardy glaze.

The neatly painted underglaze design is of prunus blossom and a large peony issuing from a swastika fence. The use of this style of fence also helps to date the cup to around 1750.

The handle is of a double scroll shape.

Unmarked.

Condition: Excellent - no chips, cracks, or restoration. The impurities in the body and firing are typical of Bow wares from this early period.

This cup would make an attractive addition to any collection of early English blue and white porcelain.

Dimensions: Height 5.7 cm

Bow Porcelain: The Collection formed by Geoffrey Freeman, A. Gabszewicz & G. Freeman (Lund Humphries, 1982).

 

 

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