Early Pearlware Tea Bowl & Saucer
PUTTI WITH GOAT
Staffordshire, England c. 1825
This is an exquisite Staffordshire transferware handleless cup or tea bowl and deep saucer, c 1825. The cup stands 2 1/4” tall on a pedestal base and measures 3 3/4” across the top rim. The saucer measures 6" in diameter with curved sides that stand 1 1/4" tall along the outer rim.
Transfer printed in rich chocolate brown with a pearlware glaze, the set is decorated with a mythological or literary scene depicting a cherub or putti possibly Cupid playing a trumpet while riding on the back of a sea-goat or Capricorn encircled with doves and other birds and a large flowers including a lily.
The strong background is decorated with birds scrolls and flowers leaving no white space on the inside of the saucer and inside and outside of the cup.
The set is marked with a tiny unreadable impressed mark. The maker is unknown, though it most certainly hailed form one of the early Staffordshire potteries, possibly Hall Stubbs or Ridgway.
The set is in great condition, with no chips, cracks, or repairs. Minor utensil scratch in the saucer, transfer imperfections stilt marks and nick to the foot rim original to the making. The set was impeccably potted and the transfers were printed with great deal of attention to detail. A beautiful example of a rare pattern.
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