Royal Chelsea creates the most gorgeous designs, and this Bone China Teacup and Saucer with gold swirls on pink panels is a fine example of their work. This elaborately detailed set, numbered 523a, has covered every detail. The pastel pink background leaves a 5/8-inch white rim around the outside of the cup and the saucer, which is dotted with pink rose stems and greenery. Two of these roses also have a robin's egg blue enameled flower bud. The inside bottom of the cup has a multicolor floral bouquet, including a bunch of tiny robin's egg blue enameled forget me nots. A pansy, a rose, and a spray of five-petaled flowers in yellow, purple, and blue dot the inside of the cup.Six long, narrow gold swirls grow up each pink panel which is edged with gold scallops. In Art Deco style, three narrow, gold-edged, white panels separate the pink panels. The handle, foot, and the rims of both pieces are also edged in gold.
The teacup measures 2-1/2 inches tall and 3-7/8 inches in diameter across the subtly scalloped rim, with another inch for the handle. It stands on a 1-3/4 inch foot. The matching saucer is 5-1/2 inches in diameter.
Each piece is stamped in black with the arching "Royal Chelsea" followed by an anchor and the words "English Bone China, Made in England." This mark was used from 1951 to 1961. The cup bears the pattern number in purple "523a." There is an old piece of tape on the bottom of the saucer with the name Tammy which could be removed.
This beautiful and unusual set was made by the New Chelsea Porcelain Company, Royal Chelsea was one of their trade names between 1943 and 1961.
There are light surface scratches in the gold on the saucer consistent with normal use, and there is a tiny slip of extra gold in one of the panels and another near the rim on the cup. There are no other condition issues.