This striking black and white "Azalea" Bone China demitasse cup and saucer was made by Victoria Works of Cartwright and Edwards, England. In dramatic black on white as the only color, the flowers of the azalea are depicted both in the bud and in full bloom with appropriate foliage. The front and the back of the cup each have a single fully-open blossom and leaves. The front of the cup also has four bell-shaped buds, while the back has just one. The inside of the cup has a trail of three buds coming down from the back rim. The matching saucer has a sumptuous display of three fully-open flowers with two large buds and leaves decorating half of the rim and the center cup well. Both pieces are trimmed with gold on their scalloped rims, and the handle and foot of the cup are also gold-decorated.
The footed cup measures 2-1/4 inches tall and 2-1/2 inches in diameter, with a 1-3/8 inch foot. The matching saucer is 4-7/8 inches in diameter.
The back stamp in black is an imperial coronet with the word "Victoria" arched above and "C & E Bone China England" below. The pattern name, “Azalea” in script, is below the mark. There is also a number on the cup, in gold, that is difficult to make out and may include 357. The saucer also has a gold artist’s mark. This mark was used by Victoria Works circa 1936 to 1955.
There is an old, smooth, edge nick hidden on the underside of the foot of the saucer that does not impact stability. Any wear on the gold is truly minimal, and there are no other condition issues.
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