Coffee Cup, Bristol, hard paste porcelain, X3. mark in blue, c.1775-80

 

This coffee cup is painted with a colourful bouquet and sprays of European flowers beneath a gilt line rim. The handle is painted with a foliate scroll in gilt, and the footrim is decorated with a gilt band.

The base is marked in blue with a cross, the numeral 3 and a dot.

This style of flower painting imitates that of Meissen.

Bristol had inherited porcelain-making in 1770 after Cookworthy moved from Plymouth. Richard Champion's factory lasted from 1773 until 1781, when enormous losses forced him to sell his patent to a group of Staffordshire potters, later to become New Hall.

Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration, and with very little wear to the gilt line rim.

Dimensions: Height 6 cm

 

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