Lovely Antique English Porcelain Bowl by Sampson Bridgwood & Son of Longton, Staffordshire with their mark for 1885. This is likely the slop or waste bowl for a tea set. I am also offering on Ruby Lane the matching milk jug/pitcher, which is unmarked.
The bowl measures a bit over 6" (5.5cm) in diameter, and is about 3" (7.5 cm) high. It is a black underglaze transfer with bright overglaze enamels in turquoise, yellow, pink, green, and orange. The 2 figures are a servant stirring up the coals of the brazier so that the nobleman is able to light his opium pipe.
Excellent condition. Nice ring. No chips, no cracks, no crazing, no repairs. Even the gilding is in good shape!
The pattern name "Pekin" was used by 2 earthenware makers of this pattern: T. G. & F. Booth and Beech & Hancock. So far I haven't found a pattern name on the Sampson Bridgwood porcelain version.
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