This gorgeous early 19th C bone china cup and saucer is in pristine condition. It has the "Union Wreath" of roses, thistles, and shamrocks actually molded so that they stand out in relief, and then hand enameled in lovely bright colors. It is quite a complex pattern for those early times.
Unfortunately, no one has yet figured out who made it.
I found this elusive pattern on page 191, plate 1144, of "A Directory of British Teapots" by Berthoud & Maskell. They describe it as: "Unidentified, c.1820. "Real Nankin China" group, bone china, marked with pattern number 71, union wreath moulding.
This set exactly matches the teapot shown, right down to the pattern number 71.
I also found a match to the London cup shape in Michael Berthoud's "A Compendium of British Cups". See page 80, plate 539. It, too, is "unidentified", and dated 1815-20.
Condition is excellent. No chips, no cracks, no crazing, no repairs. Each piece rings when tapped. The cup is 2-3/4" high, the saucer 5-3/4" in diameter.
I have four of these rare cup & saucer sets available. The price listed is for 1 cup and saucer set.
Historical note: 1800 was the year of the union of Great Britain and Ireland. The "Union Wreath" motif of rose, thistle, and shamrock started to appear as a design feature of English ceramics beginning then.
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