Tea Bowl and Saucer, Baddeley-Littler, frit porcelain, c.1777-85

 

This tea bowl and saucer is painted with a Chinese export style pattern of six floral sprigs arrayed around a central rosette. Three of the alternate sprigs are painted in puce camaïeu. The border design comprises feathery scrolls and swags. The central rosette of the tea bowl is situated on the interior base.

Condition: Good - both pieces display characteristic early potting and firing irregularities typical of Baddeley-Littler frit porcelain. The saucer has manufacturing faults and flaws including bubbles, kiln grit on the base, a glazed chip, and kiln touches and frits. The tea bowl has a small chip to the edge of the rim, with some associated staining. There are a couple of short hairlines from the rim. The clay tears on the footrim are from manufacture. No restoration.

Dimensions: Saucer - Diameter 12.5 cm

Staffordshire Porcelain, Geoffrey Godden, Ed. (Granada, 1983).