Worcester Porcelain Feather Decorated Cup and Saucer c1835 for Mortlock London
This superb demi-tasse or miniature cup and saucer made by Worcester in the 19th century. The cup and saucer are handpainted with six superbly detailed feathers. The simple cylindrical shaped cup stands just 1-7/8 inches tall and the saucer measures 4-5/8 inches across.
Each piece bears a hand painted marked for John Mortlock London and the code MS 565, which is likely the painter's mark. The John Mortlock company was a merchandising rather than a manufacturing company . It has been described as arguably the most important china retailer in London in the early nineteenth century and exercised enormous power and influence over the manufacturers, insisting that the products that Mortlocks sold should bear the Mortlock mark rather than that of the original maker.
The feathers are amazingly detailed and the colors superb. Hand painted feathers with the incredible detailing of this set can only be found on the wares of a few manufacturers. Although unmarked, this set was most probably made at the Worcester (Chamberlain) factory. Further, very few painters had the skills necessary to paint these tiny works of art. Elegant in its simplicity, the cup and saucer set was painted one of the talented Worcester painters such as Thomas Baxter or William Doe. Because they were made for Mortlocks, the Worcester mark is missing.
The set is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. There is a tiny bit of underglaze kiln grit. Wear on the foot of the cup. The set displays perfectly.
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