A Worcester Saucer and a Spode Cup, circa 1772 and 1805 respectively

This delightful teacup and saucer are decorated in Worcester’s Rich Queen’s pattern, being a celebration of the Japanese Kakiemon style.

Finely executed in red, green and blue enamel, with the additional use of gilding, the exuberant pattern consists of oriental garden scenes depicting fences, bamboo thickets and chrysanthemums. These four panels alternate with smaller blue-ground panels reserved with circular flower roundels, all richly gilt with rococo scrolls. The cup interior is painted with a floral spray, and the handle is picked out with a design in red enamel.

The cup is an early and faithful Spode copy for the Worcester original.

Underglaze blue square seal mark to the saucer, and grey penciled ‘Spode’ mark to the cup.

Condition: Excellent – no chips, cracks or restoration, and with very little wear at all. There is the slightest irregularity in the saucer rim.

Dimensions: Saucer – Diameter 12.8 cm 

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

Spode, Leonard Whiter (Barrie & Jenkins, 1970).