A lovely and early transferware handle-less cup and saucer, dating to the very early 1800s, unmarked except for a hand painted number to the base. The saucer has a black transferware picture of a lady and child bating a ball, while the cup has the lady giving the child cherries. Both scenes are very charming and detailed, see photos. The cup and saucer have pink lustre bands, thought these both show losses and wear commensurate with age and use. The bowl shaped saucer measures 5 1/4" diameter by approx 1 1/4" in deep, the depth was so that hot tea could be poured in the saucer to cool and be drank directly from the saucer. The cup measures 3 1/4" diameter by 2 3/8" in deep. The set is in reasonable condition for the age, with no major chips, or damage, there is a small spider crack to the base of the saucer that does not go through to the top, and a fine hairline crack to the bottom of the cup, both appear quite stable - see photos. A beautiful, very charming and early cup and saucer set to add to a collection, see my other listings for other early pieces from the same estate.
Item ID: 002351
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