Who does not love blue and white, especially early 19th century examples. The clean crisp appeal of blue and white is absolutely timeless. No wonder it has been a favorite throughout every century and every season.
This decorative pearlware tea cup was produced in England during the early 19th century, circa 1800. This is such a delightful cup; we love the highly unusual 'tournai' shape with delicate vertical fluting and scalloped top rim.
The coffee cup features the most wonderful, Chinoiserie design which was ALL the rage during the 1790 to 1810 period. The design features ornate temples on the bridges and a couple crossing the bridge, one bearing a flag, the other carrying a parasol. We particularly like the fabulous printed border which adorns the interior of the cup which is full of stylized Chinese symbols.
Provenance: Trevor Kentish (b 1938 — d 2017) was an experienced collector of English blue and white pottery and porcelain and the former editor of The Friends of Blue society. He was a member of the society for some 30 years as well as the treasurer for several other pottery and porcelain societies. Trevor acquired the piece from Doreen Otto who was a contributor to The Friends of Blue society.
Trevor Kentish attributed the piece to either Swinton or Hollins. We believe the piece was likely made by Thomas and John Hollins of Hanley, Staffordshire due to the printed blue Dahlia flower mark to the base/under the label.
Measuring: Width including handle 3.75 inch (9.5 cm) by height 2.75 inch (6.5 cm).
Condition: Minor fleabite to foot rim, three other tiny grazes near it are from where the cups are stacked in the kiln. Tiny surface graze to outer edge of foot rim. All very negligible but mentioned for accuracy.
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Early Georgian 19th Century Blue And White Coffee Cup, Chinoiserie, Circa 1800
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