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Flight Barr & Barr Teacup Trio, Pink with Gilt Vines, 1815-1820

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This is a beautiful trio produced by Flight Barr & Barr between 1815 and 1820. The trio consists a teacup, a coffee cup and a saucer. This is how teacups were sold in the early 19th century, as you would never drink tea and coffee at the same time, the cups would share a saucer. Flight, Barr & Barr was the continuation of the famous Worcester Porcelain Company. In fact the factory went through various partnerships and names, most of which involved either the name Barr, Flight, or both (or double!). This confusing period in the factory's existence is often called the "Flight & Barr" period. Eventually the factory absorbed some of its spin-offs and was turned into the Royal Worcester, which became very famous in the late 19th and 20th centuries. During the late 18th and entire 19th century they were among the leaders of china production, producing exceptionally finely painted and sculpted forms. This set has a beautiful shape with gadrooned rims. The ground colour is overglaze pink, which was a rare and expensive color as it was very difficult to fire. The cups have wonderful worked handles, which are typical for Flight Barr & Barr. The gilding is superb, a gracious band of very finely gilded vines go around each item. Although the design is rather simple, there is much to admire and this would have been a very expensive set. The items have the imprinted FBB mark with the typical crown over the letters. Condition report: The set is in excellent antique condition without any crazing, discoloration or repairs. There is only the slightest wear, as visible in the pictures. Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account. There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Dimensions (diameter): Teacup 9.5cm (3 3/4"), coffee cup 8.5cm (3 3/8"), saucer 15.5cm (6 1/8").

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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 1 in. x W 1 in. x D 1 in.H 2.54 cm x W 2.54 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    A-WOR27
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Reference Number
    LU4805117852961
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