This is an orphaned coffee cup made by Coalport around 1820 with the iconic seaweed pattern number 859, which was made famous by the Worcester factory and then copied by others. This would make a perfect Father's Day gift!
Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th Century Staffordshire. They worked alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport and Minton, and came out with many innovative designs. Many of their items are now collectors' items and this particular pattern is very famous and desired because of its great beauty.
The cup would have had a wider companion teacup and a saucer, as was custom at that time, but sadly they got separated - however the cup by itself is still wonderful. In the early 19th Century a "trio" consisted of a teacup, coffee can and saucer - you would never drink your tea and coffee at the same moment, so why invest in a separate saucer?
The cup is made of finely potted and very white bone china. The shape is called "Empire" and looks a bit like the elegant but simple dresses of the ladies at that time. What is most stunning is the seaweed pattern in gilt, without any other colours, that is painted mostly on the inside and with just a simple sprig around the outside.
This cup would make a very special gift to an antiques lover, particularly given its famous pattern, and it is still in usable condition.
CONDITION REPORT This cup is in perfect antique condition with only a bit of rubbing of the gilt - see pictures.
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DIMENSIONS The body of the cup stands 6.5cm (2 5/8") high and is 8cm (3 1/8") in diameter at the rim.
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