This beautiful "Laurel Time" bone china teacup and saucer featuring a tropical hibiscus was made by Gladstone China, Longton, England. A cluster of four large, pink hibiscus flowers with lifelike shading dominates the center of the saucer and the front of the cup. Each blossom has a yellow center and long, deep pink stamens. The flowers are backed by the deep green leaves of the hibiscus on sturdy green-brown stems. The opposite side of the cup has a matching single blossom, and both the saucer and the slightly scalloped inside rim of the cup are ringed with a garland of green leaves interspersed with tight pink buds. The rims of both pieces and the handle of the cup are trimmed with gold, and the foot has a double ring of gold.
The teacup is 3-3/8 inches in diameter and 2-3/4 inches tall; the handle adds another 3/4 inch. The matching saucer is 5-1/2 inches in diameter. The backstamp is the Green Crown mark with the words "Gladstone Bone China England" followed by "Laurel Time" in pink script. This mark was used by Gladstone from 1946 to 1952. There is also a pale green artist's mark on both pieces, and the cup has an illegible pattern number in gold.
Other than minor wear on the gold rim consistent with use, there are no condition issues.