This is a beautiful Mid-Victorian teacup trio made by Brown-Westhead & Moore in the 1860s. Brown-Westhead & Moore was a continuation of the famous pottery Ridgway, one of the pioneers of English china production alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport, Minton, Coalport and others. They were located at the Cauldon Pottery, and later in the 20th Century the pottery was renamed Cauldon for a period of time.
Ridgway had a tradition of a very wide-ranging offer of china products, anything from the most sublime dinnerware to humble toilet pots. It is notoriously difficult to identify their wares and this is one reason their beautiful tea wares are often underestimated. Brown-Westhead & Moore unfortunately shares this habit and this set, like others, is not marked as Brown-Westhead & Moore. However we can deduct from the style and number that the cup was made around 1870.
Brown-Westhead & Moore continued Ridgway's tradition of a wide range of offers, and this teaset belongs to some of the very sophisticated products they made. It is very finely potted and could be good for either tea or coffee. It is made of pristinely white and smooth fine porcelain and it has a stunning decoration of a tea green ground and white panels with gilt acanthus leaves and flowers. The decoration has been painted in a bold hand, touched up by a dash of cream, which makes the gilt look even brighter. There are beautifully hand painted shark teeth in gilt around the rim of the cup. Although the acanthus leaf was a favourite ornament for Ridgway and later Brown-Westhead & Moore, it is rare to see the full plant depicted including the big flower torch.
CONDITION REPORT This set is in excellent antique condition with only some slight wear commensurate with age, and no damage at all. There is one surface line in the glazing on the saucer near the rim; this is in the glazing only and does not affect the porcelain.
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DIMENSIONS (diameters) cup 7.5cm (3"), saucer 14cm (5.5"), side plate 15.5cm (6 1/8").
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