A Worcester Coffee Cup with wishbone handle, circa 1760

This charming bell-shaped cup is decorated with the printed Plantation pattern. The wishbone handle form is derived from the Tau or T-shape of earlier Meissen wares.

This shape of cup is more usually found with polychrome decoration, the range of blue painted or printed examples being much narrower.


Condition: Excellent – no damage or restoration. There is a very short (5 mm), fully-glazed clay tear on the rim and also two small manufacturing faults on the handle, in the form of clay tears. The paste and glaze itself, with specks of kiln dust, is typical of this early period in Worcester production.

Dimensions: Height (to top of handle) 6.3 cm

Worcester Blue & White Porcelain 1751-1790, Branyan, French & Sandon, II.B.5 (Barrie & Jenkins, 1989).

Godden’s Guide to Blue and White Porcelain, Geoffrey A. Godden (Antique Collectors’ Club, 2004).

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