English porcelain coffee can, circa 1790.
This is an exceptional English porcelain coffee can (i.e., a straight sided coffee cup) dating from circa 1790 - 1800. When I acquired it, the coffee can had a label, which is still present, which attributes it to the Worcester factory during the Flight or Flight & Barr periods, ca. 1790 - 1795. This seems a good attribution, as Flight Worcester made ribbed wares and used this handle style, and also used a pink color. Nevertheless, as the piece is not marked and doesn't match a known pattern that I'm aware of, it might have been made by one of the other quality factories of the time; Derby, Coalport, etc.
The molding of swirled ribs is exceptional, as is the painting, with a border of open pink roses with gilt leaves. The condition is also excellent, with the gilding intact on the cup except for very minor rubbing on the rim. Coffee cans and coffee cups are a fun form to collect, as they are available in such variety. This is a top notch example.
2 7/8" high. Unmarked.
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