This pitcher is a great combination of Art Deco shape and design with an almost chintz-like floral pattern. It comes with four footed cups that feature the same geometric lines and different floral sprays on the sides. A fun element on all five pieces is the decoration of small flowers on the inside of each piece.
We have seen these footed cups advertised as egg cups; however they are really too large to hold an egg. We bought these as a set; since the pattern number is the same on the pitcher and cups (D-3548) we believe they were meant to go together, and that the cups are meant as drinking cups. Both the pattern number and the Registration number (597783) indicate the pattern was registered in 1912-13, although because the pattern was made by Royal Doulton for a number of years after this date, it is difficult to give an exact date of manufacture. Two cups and the pitcher have brown marks; the other two cups have green marks.
SIZE: The pitcher is 5 1/2" tall. The diameter at the top (not counting the handle) is 4 1/4" from spout to back, and 3 3/4" from side to side. The handle adds about 1 7/8" to the width. The cups measure 3 5/8" tall, and have a diameter of about 2 5/8" at the top. The diameter of the base is just over 2".
CONDITION: All five pieces are in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks. We see little or no crazing in the glaze. There are a few minor scratches here and there which is to be expected on pottery of this age, but nothing that is really visible.
This is a lovely set that can still be used. Imagine pouring a bit of lemonade for your guests. The set would make a nice display as well.
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