Coffee Cup, Bristol, hard paste porcelain, c.1774-75


This coffee cup of double-ogee form is painted with a colourful bouquet and sprigs of European flowers beneath a brown line rim. The elaborate, moulded handle is of double-scroll form and the footrim is squashed.

The base is marked in blue with a cross, a dot, and the numeral 16.

This deutsche Blumen 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, just a small clay tear or firing crack where the lower handle terminal is attached to the body. This occurred during the manufacturing process and is particularly prevalent with Bristol and Plymouth porcelain seams and joins.

Dimensions: Height 6.5 cm


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