This is a beautiful cup and saucer with a nice oriental flair. It has an awesome pink ground with raised gold and green bamboo leaves and stakes decorating the cup and saucer. The cup sits on a white base that is separated with a gold ring. The base of the cup and the rim of the saucer have a slightly fluted form. The center of the saucer, inside of the cup and the bamboo shaped handle has a white ground adding a nice contrast to the set. There is a spider crack on the bottom of the cup; please see pictures. There are no chips; manufacturing anomalies may exist, the occasional tiny iron speck, dust 'bump' in the glaze, etc.
Edwin James Drew Bodley worked part of Samuel Alcock's Old Hill Pottery at Burslem which had been divided into a china and a separate earthenware factory in 1867. The china section (which was called Crown Works) were taken first by Bodley & Diggory and then by Bodley & Son until Edwin J.D. Bodley began to trade under his own name from June 25, 1875. From 1875 to October 31, 1888, he had William Telford as a partner, but this is not reflected in the trade style E.J.D. Bodley. Good quality porcelains were produced in the 1875-92 period.
Backstamp: Cup: British Diamond EJDB, 4823 in red Saucer: impressed British Diamond & EJDB, F & Cosler 100 Oxford St London in an oval, 4823 in red
Measures: Cup: 4" W with handle X 2" H Saucer: 5 5/8" W
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