This is truly beautiful in its simplicity (and complexity), a black transfer bucolic landscape on a pure white cup and saucer trimmed at edges with bright gold. The cup is a demi tasse can form with straight sides and a loop handle. It is covered with the landscape on the outside wall. Inside the gold edged rim is a wide border with geometric and floral elements. This border also rings the saucer which bears the landscape transfer over most of its surface.
The scene depicts shepherds and their flocks on the grassy slopes on one side of a river with castles among hills on the other side.
The cup measures 2 ¼” in diameter x 2 ¼” tall. The saucer is 4 3/3” wide x ¾” tall.
Mark is Copeland’s back stamp in black inside an oval: Copeland / Spode’s / Italian / England, one over the other. This mark was used from 1891-1970. (Copeland took over Spode in 1833.)
Condition is excellent with just a bit of crazing to one side of cup; none to saucer. An elegant set!