You'll want to display this Gold Encrusted #8579 Teacup and Saucer by Royal Stafford Bone China in a prominent place in your china cabinet! Large, raised, gold-encrusted poppies with dotted enamel centers stretch and sway on the cream background of this luxurious teacup and saucer. A cluster of four large blossoms, buds, and leaves dance opposite a single blossom with buds and foliage on the inside of the cup, while the saucer is a perfect match with the addition of two single buds in between the bundles of flowers. A hint of pastel green backs the largest blossoms. The handle of the cup is decorated with a gold vine, and the scalloped foot of the cup is gold encrusted. The scalloped rims of both pieces, as well as the outside of the cup, foot, and handle, are all gold trimmed.
This opulent teacup measures 2-1/4 inches tall and 4-1/8 inches in diameter at the scalloped rim. It stands on a 2-1/8 inch diameter foot. The matching saucer is 5-7/8 inches in diameter.
Made by Royal Stafford China circa 1952 to the 1960s, it is stamped in light brown with “Royal Stafford” above a crown flanked by “Bone China” followed by "Made in England ESTD 1845.” The pattern number 8579 is stamped in black and there are also artist's marks on both pieces. The company had a long and complicated history, after being established by Thomas Poole in the 1800s. It was merged with Gladstone China in 1948 and renamed Royal Stafford China in 1952, though the name was used before that time on marks identical to this one.
There is a slight patina to the wide gold band on the foot, along with some minor wear. The lavish raised gold of the poppies is still bright and shows little to no wear. There are a couple of tiny marks that appear to be a slip of the artist’s brush and do not detract in any way. There is no damage to this gorgeous set.