A rare highly collectable antique 18th century,
English blue and white decorated pearlware teabowl and saucer. They have a most attractive beautifully
executed ogee shape, with six lobes, finely half reeded body with a wavy or
undulating rim, the quality of the moulding is very good. The shape of these
two items would indicate a date of circa 1775.
The shape and general theme of the design is reminiscent of
a Champion's, Bristol Porcelain waisted "Tournai" or inverted bell
shape teabowl and saucer of the same period. The painting could be seen as a
loose interpretation of the Horace Walpole pattern often seen on such teabowls.
The hand painted underglaze blue pattern is also quite
unusual with a wide swagged ribbon interspersed with stylised flowers and
stems. The flowers are shaded with a line technique and the overall design
could be described a naive, in a style and execution normally associated with
delftware, the quality of the painting contrasts with the high quality of the
The teabowl and saucer are unmarked but, have been
attributed to John and Jane Pennington of Copperas Hill, Liverpool, Mersyside,
England who were in production between 1770 - 1794.
The teabowl is 2 1/8inches high by 3 1/4 inches diameter.
The saucer has a diameter of 5 1/4 inches and a deep curved and stepped rim it
stands 1 5/16 inches high.They weigh 201g unpacked.
They are in very good antique condition. Some very minor
rubbing or flaking to rim of saucer and bowl. Old restored chip and associated
crack to bowl rim and inside of footrim. Faint hairline to the rim of the
saucer minor glaze crazing.
This is a great item for any collector of English 18th
century tea bowls and saucers or pearlware pottery.