Based on a series of books of the same name, and created in close cooperation with the author, Jill Barklem, this Royal Doulton Bone China Cup and Saucer from the Brambly Hedge Collection represents Autumn. This charming and beautifully detailed cup and saucer set features the mouse character, Primrose, going about her business under the ripe berries of the brambly hedge. Autumn colors of browns, reds, and deep purples surround Primrose on the front of the cup, dressed in her apron and flowered hat. The back of the cup shows another mouse tucked deep in bed and sound asleep. A steaming pie, presumably blackberry, is shown within the Autumn triangle at the top of the saucer. A 3/4 to 1-inch wide border of ripe and ripening berries and leaves on a pastel pink ground, circles the saucer and the top back of the cup. The top of the border is outlined with dips and curls. A matching full to bursting basket of berries hanging from a bramble branch decorates the inside of the cup and the cup well of the saucer. The foot and handle of the cup are tinted a soft pastel pink. The rims of both are scalloped and slightly fluted, with an embossed scroll on the edge of the saucer.
The teacup measures 3-inches tall and 3-1/2 inches in diameter across the rim, with another inch for the handle. The teacup stands on a 2-inch diameter foot. The matching saucer is 5-1/2 inches in diameter.
There are no condition issues.
The Brambly Hedge Series issued by Royal Doulton is dated 1983 and was discontinued in 2006. Both pieces are stamped with the familiar Royal Doulton lion and crown over circle backstamp. The circle surrounds the words “Royal Doulton England,” with “Made in England Bone China” surrounding the outside of the circle. The back of the saucer has a matching brambly berry wreath with the backstamp at the top, enclosing the words, “Royal Doulton, Autumn, a Series of Four Seasons Cups and Saucers from the Brambly Hedge Gift Collection.” “©Jill Barklem 1983” is topped with an image of a bit of brambly hedge in a basket. The matching cup backstamp is simpler with only “Royal Doulton, Autumn, ©Jill Barklem 1983” beneath the familiar logo.
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