Antique 18th Century Blue and White Transferware Pearlware Cup 1780's English AF
We hope that like us, you adore early pieces of English porcelain and pottery; when this period in ceramic history was still in the pioneering stage of production and competition between manufacturers for the all important stable recipes was of the utmost secrecy. Our example was produced at the crossover period, just before the Chinese inspired Temple, Pagoda and of course Willow patterns fueled the public's imagination.
We offer a fine example of a pearlware cup with twenty four vertical flutes and decorated in underglaze blue, most probably produced by Caughley. We see an interior and exterior top border with well spaced floral sprig designs of Dog roses etc to both front and reverse, indicative of the earlier 1760 to 80 period of decoration, rather than the 1790-1800 chinoiserie inspired designs. See similar natural floral sprig designs used on Worcester, Lowestoft, Caughley and Liverpool porcelains of this early period.
Having a light as a feather potted body. With a plain loop handle with a very small thumb rest area and a distinct kicked tail. The handle with embossed decoration, underglaze blue transfer pattern and rich, buttery gilt outer decoration. The same opulent gilding is used to the top scalloped edge. Having a good, deep foot rim with typical pearlware bluish glaze puddling in the outer base edges. The base edge of the foot rim is also glazed. Unmarked as was so common at the late 18th century period.
Size: 2.75" high by 2 5/8" top diameter and 1.5" base diameter.
Condition: There is a chip to the gilt rim seen to the reverse of the cup. There are two very old, done a long time ago re-gilded areas to the top scalloped edge. Very minor and mentioned for accuracy. There is a burst bubble of glaze near the top but this was part of the manufacturing process and is all part of the charm of George III period pearlware.
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