Here is a great transfer-printed porcelain teacup and saucer with three named United States locations, one in New York City and two in Boston. The Staffordshire ceramics industry was always on the lookout for designs that would appeal to the lucrative American market. The decoration on this set is transfer-printed in a purple or rose color. The scenes portrayed are Court House Boston on the saucer, and the Octagon Church, Boston, and Columbia University (then College) in New York City on the cup. The set dates from around 1835, based on other views from similar sets which were not in existence until about 1830. The New South Church (1714-1866) in Boston built a new home around 1814, designed by Bullfinch. It was often known as the Octagon Church because of its floor plan, and was located on Church Green at the corner of Sumner Street and Bedford Street. I haven’t seen the maker of this set identified, so any suggestions would be appreciated. The saucer is a bit larger than normal, at five and three-quarters inches across. Excellent condition in every way. Label for David Kurau on the back. Ask $185.
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