Here is a London shape cup and saucer with a very pleasing and refined decoration of strawberries and leaves, created at the Bourne factory around 1820. Note that the photos seem to show a difference in tone between the gilding on the cup and on the saucer--a trick of the light. They match perfectly. Charles Bourne was one of many small establishments making fine porcelains in this period. He started producing ceramics around 1807, and added a line of porcelain items about 1815. Godden says Bourne’s porcelain was “compact and of a good white tone, very similar to the Spode wares. The now rare Bourne porcelains are often very colorful and the gilding is of a high order.” This cup and saucer bear pattern number 310 under the initials CB. Excellent condition with minor gilt wear and some specks from the firing inside the cup. The saucer measures five and a half inches across. I also have a matching set in the same pattern that’s available.
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