Antique handleless matching teacup (tea bowl) and saucer with Romantic transfer printed garden scene and temples from the 1840s (see all eight Photos). There is a man wearing Italian-like garments giving hand instructions to a dog patiently sitting at attention. The man has a soft hat and his belted knee length cloak looks like 17th Century Venetian or Genovese apparel (see Photos). Both the cup and saucer have irregularly lobed rims with indents that create paneled segments.
The green printed pattern is has a trellis border with smaller vignettes of a temple and veranda. The ceramic body is an early transitional whiteware that retains a slight purplish blue tint to the glaze where it thickens and collects along the foot ring. While some may assign this cup and saucer to the pearlware category, the paste is much harder than pearlware and gives an overall pure white hue. The last Photo shows a few other saucers and related items dating from the 1820s to 1850s for comparison only, and none of the vessels in this last Photo are for sale here. The items shown for comparison range from pearlware to whiteware and finally to ironstone (excluding the pressed glass dish). Only the green printed cup and saucer shown in the first eight photos is for sale here.
The saucer has the R.H. & Co.’ mark used by Ralph Hall & Company, a Staffordshire pottery located at Swan Bank, Tunstall. It started out as under the name Ralph Hall in 1822 and then added the ‘and Company’ in 1841. It ended production in 1849 and so this particular cup and saucer dates between 1841 and 1849 (see Geoffrey A. Godden’s ‘Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks’ published in 1964 by Bonanza Books, New York 1964 pg 303 mark #1890). The name of the pattern, VERANDA is also listed in the mark. Ralph Hall also produced several transfer printed series that were focused around a particular theme or setting such as Italian Buildings, Parisian Chateaux and Sheltered Peasants to name a few examples. The Italian Buildings series displayed romanticized versions of Italian architecture along with two women and an urn in the foreground indicating that the cup and saucer listed here was probably not a formal part of that series. The wares were printed in monochrome blue, purple, pink, red, brown and black in addition to green.
So if you are looking for a nice antique Staffordshire cup and saucer from the 1840s with manufacturer’s provenience and confirmed dating, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this C&S also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return them using my return policy (both cup and saucer must be returned since they are sold a set; see my complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to design a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let me take care of setting it up and combining any items together as requested (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: The cup stands 2 3/16 inches tall along its rim edge and has a diameter of 4 inches across. The saucer has a maximum rim diameter of 6 1/8 inches and it has a recessed cup well that is about 11/16 The two vessels together weigh just slightly over 1/2 lbs combined. They are both in excellent condition with no major production defects and no chips, hairlines, major stains, deep scratches, repairs or restoration. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return the two vessels for a refund (both vessels sold as a single lot and therefore must be sent back together, see our complete return policy for all details as noted below).
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