Antique creamware slip decorated egg cup by James MacIntyre (mark stamped into base, see Photos) whose factory was located in Burslem, Staffordshire. This egg cup is covered by a deep treacle brown glaze that has finely feathered white slipped flourishes. It also has a fine gold rim band as an added accent. English slip decorated egg cups more than 100 years old are very scarce today and those with a Staffordshire makers mark providing full provenance are truly an exception. This wonderful example is about 160 years old and has a rich molasses brown glaze (treacle glaze) that displays a sense of depth into which the finely feathered white slip descends. The clay is a deep cream colored more akin to early creamware of the pre1780 period than the mid 1800s.
The rim has burnished gold leaf accenting it that is very reminiscent of gilded pearlwares from the1785 to 1815 period when many Staffordshire potteries copied the gold decorated Chinese export porcelain wares popularly known today as Nanking wares. The burnished gold on this egg cup is worn from age and use but there is enough present to realize that the table setting to which this cup once belonged must have looked elegant and regal. Below the gilt rim edge are two white slip bands each with a single very fine red enamel line hand painted in the center. The base has been lathe turned and the outer edge of the base has been trimmed and shaved dry before firing. There is an indent in the center of the base where it was held by the lathe. The white slip feathering is expertly applied and makes the egg cup look like it has mocha seaweed fronds rendered in reverse (rendered in white on dark treacle rather than the usual mocha dark brown added on white slip). The effect is visually appealing and there may not be another egg cup from this same set sill left today.
And if that is not enough, this egg cup also has an impressed mark consisting of MACINTYRE stamped in a semi-oval on underside of the conical base. The mark is from James MacIntyre of Waterloo Road, Burslem, Staffordshire. MacIntyre is on the list of potteries published by Kelly & Co. in 1856. MacIntyre is not present on the 1854 Kelly listing, however the pottery was formerly known as Kennedy and MacIntyre in 1854 and 1855 and then Kennedy is also listed with a Waterloo Road address in 1854. MacIntyre is one of just a few dozen known makers of mocha and slip decorated wares that also stamped their name on their wares in the 1780 to 1860 period.
Most potteries did not place their names on their wares, however the quality of this egg cup demonstrates why MacIntyre was proud of marking his products. In 1867, MacIntyre added an `& Co.' to his mark that was used up to 1894. Consequently, this egg cup dates from the 1856 to 1866 based on the mark, hence the c1860 mid-date. And if you peruse one of the collectors guides to egg cups, you will note that antique slip feathered mocha style creamware egg cup are among the rarest sought today and one with a makers mark is rarest of all. So if you collect decorated antique egg cups or simply admire rich treacle glazed slipware, then you may certainly want to purchase this example right now while it is still available especially since it may be a very long time before another one is ever offered on the Internet. Finally, this egg cup also comes with my full satisfaction guarantee or you may return it post marked by 7 days for a refund (see my full return policy details below). What major bricks & mortar auction house ever allows its buyers a return option?
SIZE: This egg cup stands 2 3/8 inches tall, has a rim diameter of 1 13/16 inches and a base diameter of 1 5/8 inches. It is a perfectly formed pedestal shaped egg cup produced in Staffordshire over 140 years.
CONDITION: This egg cup is in very good condition with no loss of any slip decoration and no rim or base chips. The only declarations are minor and include the loss of about 40% of the fine gilded rim band (see all photos) and two very tight parallel hairlines that extend less than 1 inch on the outside of the cup. The longer of the two hairlines shows up on the inside of the cup and can be seen in the photo. There are no other flaws or other declarations and no repairs or restoration. The cup exhibits very well especially under focused lighting and will capture attention in most any display setting. And if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then they may return the egg cup for a refund (see our full refund policy and service pledge for full details).
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