ELEGANT set of four footed cups and saucers in famous Mikado pattern by Royal Crown Derby (RCD). These gorgeous teacups are perfect to accompany your afternoon macarons from Faubourg! They feature gilded feet and handles with eight scallops on gold rims on the classic Chelsea shape that was in production until 1997. The Mikado design displays beautifully in rich blue on white, translucent bone china. Osmaston Road Factory date cypher in blue for 1991 (saucers) and 1993 (cups). Fine condition, appear to be unused. Gilding and enamelling bright; no utensil or other marks. Cup measures 3.75"W (9.5cm) x 2.4"H (6cm); saucer 5.75"D (14.5cm). Shown with gold-handled cake plate, listed separately. A wonderful gift!
A 1923 price list for D.R. Dingwall Limited of Winnipeg shows Mikado tea cup sets selling for $2.25 CAD. RCD's new Mikado design costs £88 for a single cup and saucer set ($115USD / $150CAD). In my opinion the vintage Mikado production, all made in England, was superior.
MIKADO PATTERN was designed in 1894 by RCD Art Director Thomas Amos Reed. It was inspired by rice paper drawings that he had obtained in the Far East. Some of the large pieces are decorated with the complete design and smaller pieces show different chapters from the story. The romantic legend of the star-crossed lovers is set against a backdrop of gardens, pagodas, rivers, mountains and delicate leaf tracery. In the 17C, Chinese porcelain was imported to Europe where its meticulous detail and exquisite decoration inspired the nascent china manufacturers.
Patterns in the Oriental taste remained popular throughout Britain, especially in the Victorian era. 'Blue Mikado' was originally recorded in RCD Pattern Book 9 as #4001 on the Dover shape. In Canada, Cassidy’s sold over ten million pieces in eight years from 1950-58. The design was retired in 1997. A modern interpretation of this pattern was launched by RCD in 2014 in seven colour-ways including blue.
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