Gilding always looks “gildier” on top of a deep cobalt blue ground, and flowers always look more colorful against a white background, so this set has everything. The tea cup, coffee can and saucer are decorated in Spode’s pattern number 1709, which closely resembles a couple of patterns made by Minton, and later Ridgway also jumped on the bandwagon with one or two similar patterns. (I suspect Minton came first.) There’s also a marine aspect to the design, since seaweed and large shells are outlined in gilt between the white cartouches that hold the flower bouquets. In this period, the same porcelain service would have been used for both tea and coffee, and the same saucers were used either with teacups or coffee cups. A set might have 12 cups, 12 cans and 12 saucers. A set of teacup, coffee can and saucer is known as a trio. Condition is excellent, with only extremely light gilt wear. I have another trio like this listed. Note, the first photo was out of focus, so ignore it. Please use the later photo, in second place, for reference.
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