This breathtaking English Bone China Gold Filigree Teacup and Saucer by Collingwood, Staffordshire is, as its name suggests, fit for a Countess! The subtly scalloped teacup and saucer has four narrow panels of snow-white bone china dotted with greenery and deep pink and purple flowers alternating with wider panels. The wider panels are also dotted with wine-red flowers, then covered with a dazzling gold lace filigree overlay. Each panel is also outlined in gold. The interior of the flared teacup echoes the gold lines on the panels on the top 1/2-inch of the rim with an intricate gold filigree cartouche on the wider panels. The uniquely squared and scalloped foot of the cup is entirely coated with highly reflective gold, and the fancy handle, as well as the rims of the cup and the saucer are also gilded.
This stunning Bone China teacup is 2-3/8 inches tall and stands on a 2-1/8 inch diameter foot. It is 3-7/8 inches in diameter with another inch for the handle. The matching saucer is 5-7/8 inches in diameter.
Made by Collingwoods, Staffordshire, England, the back stamp reads "Estd 1796 Collingwoods" in red encircled by a darker red wreath and followed by the words "Bone China, England." The pattern name "Countess" is stamped in gold beneath the mark. This mark was used between 1937 and 1957.
The smudge of dirt on the saucer that shows in the photos has been removed. There is a narrow, 3/8-inch glaze slip along the back edge of the saucer. Wear on the gold, if any, is minimal. There are no other condition issues.
This lovely set will surely be a showstopper in your collection!