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Rathbone Teacup, Hand Painted Flowers, Regency circa 1815

$300per set

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This is an exquisitely decorated teacup and saucer made by Rathbone circa 1815. Rathbone was one of the many potters in the early 19th century, working alongside famous potters such as Spode, Ridgway, Wedgwood and others in Staffordshire. The pottery was run by several members of the Rathbone family, and it was only in operation between 1812 and 1835; it was most probably closed due to the death of its owners. This teacup and saucer are potted in very fine, light bone china. The handle is in the famous "7" shape, the cup has a nicely flared lip and the saucer is deep - this was obviously still at a time that people liked to drink from their saucer rather than the cup. The decoration is exquisite: on a cobalt blue ground, a playful gilt pattern is painted along the rims. In the centre of both the cup and the saucer is an expertly hand painted flower posy with peonies, tulips. Roses, freesias, larkspurs and other flowers. Rathbone was known for its very high quality artists and this cup is very beautifully painted. There is no marking on the cup or the saucer so we can't tell the exact year they were made. Condition report The set is in excellent antique condition without any damage or repairs. There is some very slight micro-crazing in the saucer, that is invisible with the naked eye but the saucer doesn't ring entirely true and with a strong magnifying glass you can see it. There is some very light wear to the enamel flower paintings in the centre of the cup and the saucer, please see pictures. There is a tiny spot on the rim of the teacup that was missed out with glazing - this is a production flaw and not damage. Other than this, the set is in fabulous condition. 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 (diameters): cup 9.2cm (3 5/8"), saucer 14cm (5.5").

Details

  • Creator
    Rathbone (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Width: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Regency (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1815
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In excellent condition; only very light wear and some micro-crazing on the saucer, not really visible.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A-RAT061stDibs: LU4805118190031

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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