Coffee Cup and Saucer, Lowestoft, soft paste porcelain, c.1780


Both pieces are penciled in black with a bouquet of flowers and scattered sprigs, the details highlighted in gilt.

The painting has the delicacy of early Qianlong porcelain decorated with scenes painted en grisaille, c.1745. The style of decoration, rather rare on Lowestoft, originated on Chinese export porcelain, in which a fine brush or 'pencil' was used to draw a scene in monochrome black.


Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration and the decoration is in good order. There is a small area of light staining beside the handle, also visible to the interior, and the typical potting and firing irregularities often seen with Lowestoft, such as the small black mark in the paste on the underside of the saucer.

Dimensions: Cup - Height 6.5 cm; Saucer - Diameter 12 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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