Here is a set from the Pennington factory in Liverpool, England. It is decorated with a bird (called a “fancy bird” in the eighteenth century) sitting calmly—but exotically—in the branches of a tree. The dramatic blue border next to the rim sets off the painting very effectively. Note the little green leaf near the border that the bird appears to be looking at. This covers a small flaw in the porcelain that showed up in the first kiln firing. Painting over such small flaws was a necessity during this period, since firing often resulted in flawed pieces that the makers did their best to make salable. The bird is resting amid a wealth of greenery. I wonder if all the tiny birds shown in flocks in the sky are just as exotic as the one shown in the tree! Seth Pennington ran his business in Liverpool from 1778 till about 1804. In association with a number of different partners, he operated the longest-lived of the various Liverpool porcelain factories. His factory building on Shaw's Brow had previously been operated by Richard Chaffers and by Philip Christian. By 1805 it had been converted to furniture japanning, which Seth operated in partnership with his son. The saucer is five and a quarter inches across and has one pinpoint chip on the rim; the teabowl has no damage but the interior flower sprig is worn.


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ITEM ID
T697
TYPE
Bone China, Ceramics, Hand Made, Hand Painted, Porcelain, Pottery
COLOR
Blue, Polychrome, White
STYLE
Georgian
ORIGIN
England • English
PURPOSE
Cups & Saucers
ITEM TYPE
Antique

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Pennington Teabowl & Saucer Exotic Bird in Branches C1790 British Porcelain Liverpool 18th Century

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