This gorgeous porcelain cup and saucer set was made by Coalport and dates c. 1840. The ground is a soft buff, the delicate flowers are hand painted, and there is much gilding. The ornate molded and gilded handle is divided at the top.
The cup, with its high loop handle is 3" high. The saucer's diameter is 5-7/8". Both cup and saucer are in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no crazing and no repairs. There is no wear to the design or the gilding. Each piece rings when tapped.
Both cup and saucer are marked with the pattern number, 4/158 hand written in gold. Both shape and pattern number are Coalport's. The shape can be found in Michael Berthoud's book "A Compendium of British Cups" on page 185, plates 1108.
Here is part of his description: "The molded edge cup with leaf motif inside the lip" and, "high loop handle with molded leaf thumb rest".