Here is a very showy cup and saucer set painted with two bouquets of rich and colorful flowers: one on the saucer and the other deep inside the cup—where the painter needed a steady hand and a long brush! Of course, flowers are a common sight on English porcelain of all periods. What makes this set most interesting is the gilt decoration of the background, referred to in the old pattern books as “vermicelli,” popular from 1805 to about 1820. It takes this set from ordinary status to knockout status—just imagine seeing this cup and saucer in your china cabinet every time you pass by. Neither piece has any identifying factory marks, but the shape of the cup is close to cups made by the so-far-unidentified factory that used a W*** mark. Whoever made this delightful set was probably quite pleased at the effect it achieves. Condition is excellent with no damage. Gilding is nearly perfect. There are three very small touchups to the saucer to cover stacking wear.

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Saucers, Cups

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British Floral Cup & Saucer with Vermicelli Gilding C1810


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