A rare and early New Hall Tea Bowl, circa 1782-85

This New Hall tea bowl is painted with three simple floral sprays. The interior border consists of an undulating iron-red ribbon linked by four bows, and there is a tiny flower to the inside base. The rim is painted with a reddish-brown enamel line. The same design occurs on corrugated forms and the greyish paste and wreathing, normally associated with Champion’s Bristol, fits with this early Tunstall period, shortly after the patent arrived in Staffordshire.

Condition: Very good – no chips, cracks or restoration. There are one or two minor firing and potting flaws expected with early porcelain, including a fully-glazed slither to the inside of the foot rim, kiln dust to the glaze, and a small piece of grit in the body.

Dimensions: Diameter 8.3 cm

New Hall & Its Imitators, David Holgate, Faber (1971).

A Partial Reconstruction of the New Hall Pattern Book, Pat Preller (2003).

New Hall Porcelains, Geoffrey Godden, Antique Collectors’ Club (2004).