A Worcester moulded Teacup and Saucer, circa 1760-68
This finely moulded and potted Worcester teacup and saucer are decorated with the attractive Feather Mould Floral design, incorporating floral sprays, flying insects and a trailing floral border, all painted in underglaze blue. The interior of the teacup is painted with a floral spray.
This represents an early incarnation of the teacup, where an ornately moulded handle with a foliate upper terminal, has been applied to a small tea bowl. This handle type is usually associated with Worcester mustard pots and ‘Warmstry’ fluted cups from the late 1760s.
A small, open crescent mark to the teacup, and a workman’s mark to the saucer.
Condition: Excellent – no damage or restoration, just some light kiln dusting to the cup.
Dimensions: Saucer – Diameter 11.8 cm; Teacup – Diameter 7.4 cm
Worcester Blue and White Porcelain 1751-1790, Branyan, French & Sandon, I.E.6 (Barrie & Jenkins, 1989).
Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection, Simon Spero & John Sandon (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1996).