This rare and decorative porcelain tea cup and saucer was produced by Wedgwood in England during the early 19th century, circa 1815. The cup features a large hand painted Pied Wagtail, to the back of the cup flanking the handle are two sets of three hand painted features. The saucer features a Sedge bird protecting its nest eggs, surrounding it are nine hand painted feathers. Both pieces were painted by the Wedgwood painter Aaron Steele (b 1765 – d 1849). The pattern number is 723 and the pattern was known as ‘Steels bird pattern gold edge’. Each piece in the service featured a separate hand painted bird.
This makes the PERFECT gift for a bird lover or bird spotter, it is an ornithological delight from the 1815 period.
The base of the cup features the red ‘WEDGWOOD’ mark and hand painted script reading ‘Pied Wagtail’. The saucer features the red ‘WEDGWOOD’ mark and hand painted script reading ‘Sedge Bird’. ‘Sedge Bird’ being a Sedge Warbler.
This is a sought after pattern by a talented Wedgwood artist, pieces in this service rarely come to market. This is a unique opportunity to own such a decorative cup and saucer. This would be ideal for a Wedgwood collector or anyone who collects rare, early 19th century pottery and porcelain.
Measuring: Cup width including handle 4 1/8 inch (10.5 cm) by height 2 3/8 inch (6 cm). Saucer width 5.5 inch (14 cm).
Condition: Light wear to gilded dentril rims. Feint very small ‘x’ shape hairline to base of cup, seen just above the letter D of PIED. Feint very old and stable vertical 0.75 inch hairline to saucer rear which does show slightly to the bird in the center of the saucer. A very old 0.25 inch chip to saucer rim. A very, very feint hairline to the saucer rim underside at 1 o'clock.
Reference: For other examples in the same pattern please see accession number: 10211a, 10211c and 10211b in the Wedgwood Museum’s online collection. Please also see Museum number: C.745&A-1935 in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s online collection.
Please see our collection of decorative 18th and 19th century pottery and porcelain listed separately in our store.
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Rare Regency Wedgwood Porcelain Cup & Saucer, Aaron Steele Hand Painted Birds and Feathers, Ornithology Circa 1815 AF
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