Cup and Saucer, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1758-62


This Worcester coffee cup and saucer are painted in the Chinese idiom with a pattern of large, intricately trailing flowers, sacred scrolls, and flying insects. The palette is unusual in its use of blue, purple and yellow enamels. The cup has a grooved handle and dates to the early 1760s, the finely-potted saucer being one or two years earlier.

The design is variously known as the Hibiscus or Honeysuckle pattern.


Condition: Very good - no cracks or restoration, just a small glazed factory flaw inside the footrim of the cup, and a very small abbrasion to the footrim of the saucer. The painted decoration is in good order, with only very slight wear in places.

Dimensions: Saucer - Diameter 11.2 cm; Cup - Height 6.3 cm

Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection, Simon Spero & John Sandon (Antique Collectors' Club, 1996).


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