This is a stunning survivor from late eighteenth century England. This George III period item was produced by the Keeling possibly New Hall porcelain works circa 1785.
It is amazing to think that this delicate item of tableware has survived World wars and plenty of house moves. Its stunning, hand painted enamel decoration was so fashionable back in the 1780s when the minimalist floral sprays imitated the exceedingly expensive Meissen, Kaikemon and Chinese famille rose porcelains.
The deep saucer measures 5.5" (14 cm) diameter. The tea bowl (handleless cup in the USA) measures 2" (5 cm) high by 3 3/8" (8.5 cm).
Condition: Sadly is not perfect. There is minor wear to the rich outer edge gilding to both tea bowl and saucer. There is a factory firing fault in the cup, near the top - not a chip or damage just part of the early manufacturing process when the clay body dried a little too quickly in the kiln. The saucer has a very old and perfectly stable X shaped hairline to the underside of the base where it had been plonked down too firmly. There are also two spots of kiln dust in the glaze seen in our images.
This is a delicately decorated, oh so feminine example of fine English porcelain that works just as well today as it did over two centuries ago.
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