This pretty coffee cup has 15 facets, and is hand painted with a design that was the precursor of many English transferware patterns. There are elements of "Twisted Willow", Spode's "Rock Pattern", and "Emerging Boats" within the busy pattern.
Although made in China for export to England, it was made more desirable and expensive by the extensive gilding it was given once it reached England. The gilder's number "7" can be seen on the bottom edge of the foot rim.
I recently learned that William Billingsley's gilder's mark was a "long tailed 7", and was usually placed on the foot rim. I wonder if he ever gilded any Chinese Export pieces?
The cup is 2-3/8" high. I date it c.1770.
The condition is very good. On the base is a slight spider crack in the glaze only. It does not go through to the interior of the cup. On the rim is a tiny nick that has been gilded over, and the glare from the gold made it difficult to photograph. No other cracks, chips, or repairs. The cup rings when tapped.
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