Perfect for Christmas tea, this Queen Anne “Noel” Poinsettia Motif Teacup and Saucer from England will warm your heart. On snow-white bone china, a large, brilliant red poinsettia forms the backdrop for a pair of smaller white flowers on the front of the fluted cup. The central blossoms are flanked by deep green holly with both red and white berries, a large pine cone, and a sprig of white-berried mistletoe. The floral arrangement is accented with gold starbursts, or perhaps they are snowflakes! The back of the teacup and the inside top of the cup each have a matching holly sprig. The saucer is decorated with the same motif, a large poinsettia arrangement on one side, with the matching holly sprig opposite. The fluted and scalloped rims are gilded, and the foot and fancy handle of the cup are also decorated with gold trim.
This holiday teacup measures 2-3/4 inches tall and 3-1/2 inches in diameter. It stands on a 1-7/8 inch foot. The matching saucer is 5-5/8 inches in diameter.
Made circa 1950 to 1959 both pieces are stamped with a green crown and wreath mark framing the trade name "Queen Anne,” followed by “Fine Bone China, England." The pattern name “Noel” is stamped above the crown, and the pattern number 6418 is written in gold on the cup. There are gold artist's marks on both pieces. Queen Anne was one of the trade names used by Shore & Coggins, a subsidiary of Thomas Wild.
There are a handful of white glaze flakes, most noticeably on one of the red petals of the poinsettia on the front of the teacup, with a couple more spots on the poinsettia leaves and on one of the green leaves on the saucer. There are a couple of pinpoint grayish spots just above the poinsettia at the rim of the teacup. Any wear on the gold is truly minimal, and there are no other condition issues.