Scarce Wedgwood early bone china teacup and saucer from about 1815 with hand painted white flowers, Lily of the Valley, accented in grayish black and set within rich gold gilded ground (photos 1, 3 and 4). The cup has WEDGWOOD printed in red over the glaze on its underside (see Photo 7, mark partly worn) as well as a tiny hand painted decorator’s tally mark in grayish black. The decorator’s mark is a tiny X with a dot on each side (two dots total) that was painted with a brush made of a single hair. The Wedgwood firm only produced bone china for a limited period between 1812 and 1828 under the direction Josiah Wedgwood II as a way to branch out into new markets. The venture proved too costly and while some very attractive bone china wares were produced, the firm had to cease porcelain production and focused back on its other product lines to maintain profitability.
The teacup and saucer listed here was at one time in the possession of Hensleigh Wedgwood, a distant relative of Josiah Wedgwood I. There is a circular tag on the underside of the saucer that states this former association (see Photos 6 and 8). Hensleigh Wedgwood collected Wedgwood pottery and porcelain and lived in the Dallas Texas area until his death several decades ago. Items from his collection surface every now and then and may still retain Hensleigh’s tag.
Both saucer and teacup are in excellent condition with no chips, hairlines, cracks, stains, repairs or restoration. The gold gilding is more than 99% intact and the hand painted Lily of the Valley flowers and leaves are also fully intact. There are no major scratches and a better example of gilded Wedgwood bone china with hand painting would be hard to find today without paying a lot more than what is asked here. Wedgwood bone china from this early date was not produced in a large quantity, and as a consequence examples are scarce and highly sought by collectors today. Geoffrey A. Godden notes this fact in his discussion of the Wedgwood factory’s wares and states that ‘All early Wedgwood bone china is therefore rare’ (Geoffrey A. Godden’s ‘An Illustrated Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain’ published in 1965 by Bonanza Books, New York; see pg 340). A Wedgwood gilded bone china jug with hand painted white daffodils and printed WEDGWOOD mark from c1815 sold for $2,750 about 14 years ago (see Susan and Al Bagdade’s English & Continental Pottery & Porcelain published in 2004, page 333).
The last photo (Photo 9) shows the Wedgwood cup and saucer next to several other antiques from about the same time period. They are a Wolf & Mason coffee cup from about 1800, a Mason’s stone china small hydra jug (c1820), and a New Hall/Minton Imari Japan pattern Coffee can and saucer (c1800). None of these other items are for sale here in this listing. Only the Wedgwood cup and saucer shown in the first eight photos is for sale in this listing.
So if you are looking for a nice antique early bone china teacup and saucer from the Wedgwood firm that is 200 years old and in superb condition, then make sure you seriously consider this set 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 (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to ask for 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 Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as desired (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 saucer has a rim diameter of 5 1/2 inches across and stands 1 1/4 inches tall (saucer sits on a foot rim that has a diameter of 3 7/16 inches, see Photo 6). The teacup has a rim diameter of 3 3/8 inches across and stands 2 5/16 inches tall (sits on a foot ring that is about 1 5/8 inches across). Both teacup and saucer are in excellent condition with no chips, hairlines, cracks, stains, repairs or restoration. The gold gilding is more than 99% intact and the hand painted flowers and leaves are also fully intact. And as always, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return the set for a refund so long as they are returned undamaged and as originally depicted (both cup and saucer must be sent back together since they are sold as a single Lot; see our complete return policy for all details as stated below).
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