This is a Wileman Daisy shape demitasse cup and saucer with the very endearing "Daisy Wreaths" print. The cup is very small and is excellent for coffee or for tea the Asian way. There are two of these cups available.
"Demitasse" is French for "half-a-cup" and these little cups originally belonged to a "cabaret set" consisting of four cups and saucers, a teapot, a milk and sugar set and a matching porcelain tray.
Wileman (later renamed Shelley and sometimes called Foley) was one of the most respected manufacturers of fine bone china teaware in the late 19th Century, and many of their products are now collector's items. They made many different shapes of cups and the Daisy shape is a popular one - it drinks easily and its flowing, scalloped shape is very elegant.
The Daisy Wreath print pattern on the Daisy shape was registered in 1890. This is a very charming colour and, combined with the small size of the cup it is a very cute set that would make a perfect gift. You can see the influence of the Aesthetic Movement in the design: the pattern is simple and spontaneous and has a sense of cheer.
CONDITION REPORT This set is in excellent antique condition with no damage and very little wear. There is very little rubbing to the gilding and the items ring like a bell when tapped.
Kilns were fired on coal in the late 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. The reason Wileman was able to present high quality tea ware to the middle classes at an affordable price is that they decided to pass items with minor kiln firing blemishes in order to keep costs down. You might see some specks on this set, but it is relatively free from them.
All items carry the Wileman mark in red. They also carry the registration number 6071 hand painted in gold.
Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.
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(diameter at the widest point): cup 7.5cm (3"), saucer 14cm (5.5").
SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.