Early Coalport Porcelain Coffee Can And Saucer Thumb And Finger Pattern English Circa 1810
This beautiful coffee can and saucer was produced at the beginning of the 19th century by Coalport in England circa 1810, during the reign of King George III. This sought after hand painted Imari pattern is known as the “thumb and finger” pattern. The pattern features vibrant pink, yellow and orange flowers among cobalt blue foliage. The coffee can features an unusual loop handle with inner spur, gilt rim decoration and extensive gilt decoration on the side of the coffee can. Coffee cans in this pattern are rare; our example is also complete with its matching saucer. We are yet to find an example of a coffee can in this pattern.
Measuring: Coffee can diameter 2 5/8” (6.75 cm). Coffee can diameter with handle 3 3/8” (8.5 cm). Coffee can height 2 5/8” (6.75 cm). Saucer diameter 5.5” (14 cm). Saucer height 1 1/8” (3 cm).
Condition: Both items are in very good condition being free from restoration. The hand painted design is crisp and bright. The gilding is in very good condition, lovely and bright. There is some minor wear to the gilding on the rim of the saucer and a small patch of wear to the gilding on the bottom rim of the coffee can. There is a very minor thin vertical 1” (2 cm) hairline to the inside of the coffee can as photographed but so fine it is exceedingly difficult to pick up on camera. There is a small shallow chip/graze to the foot rim of the coffee can 2/8” (0.5 cm). The saucer is slightly higher on one side; often early pieces are slightly irregular in their potting, this all adds to their charm.
This sought after coffee can and matching saucer make superb display pieces, they are bright and vibrant and in excellent condition for their vast age. Rare and early Coalport patterns are highly collectible; this is a fantastic opportunity to own such a piece.
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