Tea Bowl and Saucer, Lowestoft, soft paste porcelain, c.1785


This Lowestoft tea bowl and saucer are painted in enamels with a floral bouquet tied with ribbon, the border consisting of scroll motifs and foliate swags.

These often simple polychrome designs 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.


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: Tea Bowl - Diameter 8.1 cm; Saucer - Diameter 13 cm

Ref. For a rare Lowestoft preserve pot in this pattern, see Godden, Lowestoft Porcelain (1969), pl.173.

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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