Tea Bowl and Saucer, Lowestoft, soft paste porcelain, c.1780

 

This Lowestoft fluted tea bowl and saucer are painted with a floral bouquet surrounded by sprigs and sprays, the border of stylised Chinese coins linked by an undulating pink ribbon tied with bows.

These often so-called Curtis patterns are named for the Lowestoft 'china painter' Thomas Curtis, who decorated wares in the predominantly famille rose Chinese export style from around 1775 until the closure of the factory at the end of the century.

Unmarked.

Condition: Good - there are three small, evenly-spaced Lowestoft stilt marks to the rim of the saucer. The bluish glaze is crazed on both pieces, especially the saucer, and there is also a small flake to one of the painted leaves on this piece. No other damage and no restoration.

Dimensions: Saucer - Diameter 12.5 cm

The Illustrated Guide to Lowestoft Porcelain, Geoffrey A. Godden (Praeger, 1969).

Lowestoft Porcelain in Norwich Castle Museum, Volume 2, Sheenah Smith (Norfolk Museums Service, 1975).

 

 
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