This unusual, if not rare Lenox Belleek (Ceramic Art Company) hand painted and decorated tyg, or 3-handle loving cup stands 8" high by 6" in diameter. It has a loving cup form, with long, ornately scrolled handles that give rise to Cherub's heads. This tyg dates to 1889. The decoration is handsomely executed with highly stylized grapes and leaves, silhouetted in metallic glazes. This porcelain loving cup is glazed in shades of apricot or salmon, shading to a deep blue/gray, almost black glaze on the lower half, and accented with lustrous metallic silver glaze, a very rich presentation. It is marked Belleek on the bottom, along with the CAC logo. This rare-form tyg is in mint condition, no apologies. This early loving cup makes an impressive presentation!
According to the Trenton, NJ City Museum website, Ceramic Art Company (Lenox) - In 1889, Walter Scott Lenox left Willets and went into partnership with Jonathan Coxon, superintendent of Ott & Brewer, and founded the Ceramic Art Company (CAC). This partnership lasted until the spring of 1896 when Coxon sold his interest to Lenox. The company continued as the Ceramic Art Company with the word "Lenox" or 'Belleek' added beneath the CAC mark. In February 1906, the name of the company was changed to Lenox, Inc. It is one of the few Trenton potteries from the 19th century that has survived to the present.
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