I decided to offer these two sets together since they’re so similar. Two options are possible. The first is that one is an adaptation or copy of the other. I’m thinking that perhaps the New Hall set (in pattern 51) came first, in hard-paste porcelain, and a few months or years later some pearlware maker in Staffordshire figured it was attractive and decided to use the same pattern. Of course, they were both imitating oriental styles—a common practice at the time. Which leads to the second option: that both British makers were copying (and adapting) the same design from a Chinese porcelain set that had been imported from the Orient. This was also a common practice. Sometimes the copying is so close that you’re not really sure which is which, or which came first. (Chinese makers sometimes copied English wares too.) One of the reasons I like antique English ceramics is that you’re likely to run across unusual examples that tell a story. Here is a story of marketing trends, competition, freedom from copyright restrictions and elements of artistic history—all in the same grouping of china. Condition of the New Hall set is great. The pearlware saucer has two repaired rim chips. Both saucers are about five and a quarter inches across.

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Porcelain & Pearlware: New Hall Cup & Saucer with Similar Staffordshire Set C1800 18th Century Bird, Flowers


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