A charming child’s cup and saucer with wonderful circus scenes, a set that is rarely seen today. Made in the 1956 by the well respected Grimwades Royal Winton, based in Hanley Stoke on Trent , England.
The pieces are hand painted with a series of circus characters. The cup with its ‘C’ handle has a bear riding a bike, a jolly clown tipping his hat accompanied by his duck and the ring manager clown sweeping an unwanted guest out of the way. The saucer has a young girl standing on the back of a dancing horse, a friendly clown with his little trick dog jumping over a cane and a dancing bear dressed in tails and a top hat.
The images are wonderfully detailed with lots of action and the colors are vibrant. Back marked in circle held by clown, "ROYAL WINTON CIRCUS SCENES - MADE IN ENGLAND - CAN. RGD. 1956".
The cup stands 3 inches high and top is 2-3/4 inches across. The saucer is 5-3/4 inches across.
This set is in remarkably good condition especially when you consider that it was made for a child. There is overall fine glaze crazing. Absolutely no damage or wear to the circus images. All of the painted decoration is pristine. No chips, cracks or breaks.
From the days when the wondrous circus coming to town was a huge event, full of magic and memories.
This set would make a treasured baby gift and of course stands on its own as a wonderful display piece.
HISTORIQUE: The Royal Winton brand has always been known for both quality and design, with roots in Stoke-on-Trent that date back over 100 years. Royal Winton was originally known as Grimwade Brothers, and was founded by Leonard Lumsden Grimwade. In 1885 Both Leonard and his brother, Sidney Richard, had shown a natural talent for modelling pottery, and from this a business began.
In 1913 King George V and Queen Mary visited the potteriesThe Queen purchased a Winton tea set.
In 1928 the first Royal Winton Chintz pattern was launched and was an immediate success. These tightly grouped, highly detailed and vibrant all over floral patterns were to become a milestone in the company's reputation for versatility and beauty.
In 1929, Royal Winton became the established trade name for Grimwades Limited and has remained so through to the present day.
The company has witnessed many changes over the past century but one thing has never altered, its dedication to quality, design and beauty.
Rare ROYAL WINTON 'Circus Scenes' Child’s Nursery Ware Cup & Saucer 1956