The pattern is very carefully painted in overglaze enamels over the underglaze transfer. Both cup and saucer are in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no crazing and no repairs. Both pieces ring when tapped. I date the set c.1820. It was made by Davenport of Longport, Staffordshire.
This Davenport pattern is listed on the Transferware Collectors Database. The provisional name is "Chinese Figures & Dog" It shows 3 musicians and a dog.
The pattern is also shown on page 88 of Howard Davis' book on Staffordshire Chinoiserie porcelains. It was made by Davenport, and the cup corresponds exactly to this one, although the pattern is shown there in different colors. Mr. Davis says, "Davenport was one of the factories with whom chinoiserie designs were not particularly popular, consequently there are few examples to be found on porcelain."
The deep saucer is 5-1/2" in diameter. The cup is a bit over 2-1/2" high at the handle
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