A Worcester moulded Teacup and Saucer, circa 1760
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.
A small, open crescent mark to the teacup, and a workman’s mark to the saucer. The small size and early handle type suggest that these pieces were made in around 1760, when both crescent and workmen’s marks were in use.
Condition: Excellent – no damage or restoration.
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).