This is a stunning tea and coffee cup trio made by Coalport during the High Regency period in the early 1820s. The trio is made in the famous "Pembroke" shape and bears a beautiful pattern of brightly coloured hand painted flower posies. In the early 19th Century, teacup trios did not come as a cup with two saucers, like they did later in the century, but as a teacup and coffee cup sharing the same saucer; you would never drink tea and coffee at the same time, so why invest in an extra saucer?
Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th Century, coming out with many innovative designs. The pottery emerged around the year 1800 in Shropshire, right on the edge of Staffordshire and near other great makers such as Spode, Minton, Davenport and many others. They went on to become a major potter in the 19th Century and brought out many iconic designs.
The trio was made between 1820 and 1825, a period called "High Regency" and just at the beginning of the Rococo Revival. The "Pembroke" shape stands out for the beautiful way it was potted, with a gadrooned rim and a very elaborate, striking cup handle. The saucer is quite flat and has a pronounced well, which was a new phenomenon in the 1820s; previously saucers were deep and had no well and in fact many people would serve the tea or coffee in the cup and then drink it from the saucer. It is obvious from this saucer that this habit changed around 1820. The pattern is a beautiful collection of flower posies with wild flowers and rich pink roses, expertly painted in bright colours. The skilled way the flowers were painted suggest that this set was created after about 1822, when Coalport managed to attract quite a few very talented painters from the struggling Welsh potteries, who then brought with them their expert flower painting skills and upgraded the practice in Staffordshire. Finally, the pattern is enriched with beautiful gilding both on the gadrooned rims, the cup handle and between the flowers.
A picture of this shape and almost the same pattern can be found in Geoffrey Godden's book "Coalport & Coalbrookdale Porcelains" in plate 156.
I HAVE TWO DUOS AVAILABLE FROM THE SAME SET, AND ALSO OFFER ALL THREE AS ONE SET (AT A DISCOUNT), SEE SEPARATE LISTINGS!
CONDITION REPORT The trio is in good antique condition. The gilding quite is worn on the inside of the teacup, but less so on the outside and the handle. The gilding on the coffeecup and the saucer is in great condition. The saucer is quite crazed (visible on the picture), but this does not affect the decorations, which are bright and unaffected. The coffee cup has a hairline coming off the rim (see picture), however it would still be good for use if used with care. All flower paintings are in fabulous condition with very little wear.
The items are unmarked, as was often the case with items of this period, but they have the hand painted pattern number 966.
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There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!
DIMENSIONS (diameters): teacup 9.5cm (3 7/8"), coffee cup 8cm (3 1/8"), saucer 14.2cm (5 6/8").
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