Antique Pearlware two color spatterware cup and saucer with floral center from the 1830s or early 1840s. This original matching tea bowl (handleless teacup) and saucer was made in England for exported to America. A sponge was used to add the cobalt blue coloring and then a second sponge was used to add the red coloring to give the overall spatter-like effect. And to achieve this evenly, the decorator had to carefully apply the pigment without overlapping it too much or without leaving any major gaps. The center of the saucer was left open and then filled in with a petaled flower and this flower motif was repeated with one fewer set of petals on the bottom inside of the cup (see all photos).
The cup has a tiny rim chip while the saucer is perfect (see full Condition notes farther below). Spatter decorated table and teawares were very popular in the 1830s although some spatter and sponged decorated pottery extend all the way back to the 1700s and late 1600s (there are examples of delft chargers with sponged trees from the 1680s, etc.; see Earl F Robacker and Ada F Robacker's 'Spatterware and Sponge' published in 1978 by A.S. Barnes and Company, NY). However, it was not until the 1820s that spatterware was produced in large enough numbers and to become popular among the lower and middle classes in America due to its cheaper production costs and lower worker skills sets. In the mid 1840s, sponges cut into floral and geometric patterns added yet another cheap line of colorful Staffordshire wares that are called design or stick spatter by many collectors today (see Robacker and Robacker 1978: pages 51 to 64, also pp. 74 to 98).
The tea bowl and saucer listed here date from the 1830s or early 1840s and are a late transitional pearlware verging on whiteware (very little bluing added to glaze). There are no pottery names or identifiable pottery marks on either vessel although the saucer has a small impressed square divided into four quadrants commonly seen on some Staffordshire wares in the 1820 to 1870 period (it is probably a mark use to track blanks through production). Of interest, spatter and sponge decorated wares were purchased by many families in both Canada and the United States but were not very popular in England. In the early to mid-1900s, American collectors actually thought that these wares were produced in Pennsylvania by German immigrants and it took time to demonstrate that most of these wares were made in the United Kingdom and not in America. So if you are looking for a nice antique two color spatterware cup and saucer that was once very common among rural households in the US, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this cup and saucer also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: The cup stands 2 1/4 inches tall and has a rim diameter of 3 3/4 inches across. It sits on a semi-circular foot ring that has a diameter of 2 1/16 inches. It has a maximum capacity of 200 ml (about 6 1/2 fluid ounces). The saucer stands 1 1/8 inches tall, has a rim diameter of 5 5/8 inches and sits on a foot ring that has a diameter of 2 3/8 inches across. Together, the cup and saucer weigh about 11 ounces when empty. They display well due to their color decoration and can be exhibited on a shelf, mantle, counter, table or in a china cabinet and will certainly capture attention in most any setting.
CONDITION: The saucer is in excellent condition with no major defects and no chips, no hairlines, no stains, no major scratches, and no repairs or restorations. The cup is also in very good condition with no hairlines, no stains, no major scratches and a small 1/8 inch rim chip that has been cosmetically colored. A pencil points to the location of the small rim chip in three of the photos and that otherwise would not readily noticeable (please see photo with pencil pointing to the chip). Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this cup and saucer for a refund (both must be returned together since the pair is sold as a single lot; see our refund policy noted below).
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