This sweet little coffee cup was once part of a child's toy tea and coffee service with matching tray. This very refined, light bodied creamware coffee cup (tea bowls for tea) dates to the 1780 to 1790 period. It is the simplicity of design that has huge appeal, something that Wedgwood excelled in at this period because simple patterns, rather than all over designs were ALL the rage. Particularly fashionable were naturalistic border patterns. We see a hand enamelled iron red leaf top border between two single dark brown line borders. The same hand enamelled brown line was used to edge the top of the cup, and the edges of the handle. Can you imagine the steady hand needed for such a task?
We guarantee that you will marvel at the feather like weight of this cup.
It was in the year 1766 that Queen Charlotte appointed Josiah Wedgwood as 'Potter to Her Majesty'. After this very royal accolade, Wedgwood who was ever the entrepreneur and finest marketing man referred to his cream bodied pottery as 'Queensware'.
This small cup is unmarked all but a teeny brown cross (the enamellers mark), as has been known for smaller Wedgwood toy services when not every piece was impressed WEDGWOOD.
Size: A hair's breadth under 2" tall by 2" diameter (excl handle)
Condition: Not perfect, this single cup is 241 years of age. It has lived through turbulent times; Revolutionary War, enlightenment, industrialisation, two World Wars, and of course been privy to many little hands playing with it during doll and teddy tea parties. There are no chips, or restoration, but there are two faint hairlines to the body and one to the base of the beautifully curved and ribbed handle.
A superbly rare little example that is becoming so difficult to discover.
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Antique 18th Century Wedgwood Childs Toy Creamware Cup, Queens Ware Circa 1785 AF
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