Here is a Nantgarw tea cup and saucer decorated in a typical style of the London workshop of Robins (or Robbins) & Randall, with panels of brightly colored flowers within gilt-scrolls in the borders, reserved on a blue and gold oeil de perdrix ground, with a central circular panel of colorful flowers. Many London decorators obtained undecorated Nantgarw porcelain and added their own sumptuous decoration, often in the Sevres style, in order to meet the demands of their customers. Porcelain in this pattern is illustrated in all the standard Nantgarw reference books. This set is in excellent condition, with obvious wear to the outer rim of the saucer and wear to the gilding inside the cup rim on the side it was drunk from. There are no cracks or chips. The remains of an old paper label are on the back of the saucer, which is five and a half inches across. Nantgarw, a porcelain factory in Wales, started in 1813 with William Billingsley as one of the owners, and lasted until 1820 (with Thomas Pardoe decorating unsold porcelain for several years after the manufacture of porcelain stopped). All Nantgarw (pronounced Nant-garoo) porcelain is highly valued and quite scarce.
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