Regency Porcelain Etruscan Shaped Cup & Saucer by Yates Pattern 812 Antique circa 1820 bone china extravagantly decorated in the early 19th C
An extravagantly decorated bone china cup and saucer from the Georgian or Regency period of the early 19th century. They date from around 1817 to 1825, the Prince Regent or George IV was the monarch on the throne at the time they were made. The cup has a figure seven shaped handle and the Etruscan shaped body, the saucer is also of deep rimmed plain straight sided London or Grecian form and is painted with the pattern number 812 in iron red underneath.
This decorative pattern falls within the series titled the "841" pattern as described by Michael Berthoud "as one of the most extraordinary patterns painted on porcelain". See section "g", on page xv of the introductory notes in his excellent reference book "A Compendium of British Cups".
The pattern consists of a deeply scalloped underglaze blue border with a wavy edge that has been gilded and the edge followed below with a line of tiny gilt dots. The blue ground is additionally embellished with gilt stars, circles, scrolls and a Greek key symbol ( some collectors may refer to this as a Chinese key). This key symbol is on the left hand edge of a small generally rectangular shaped yellow ground cartouche which is decorated with a gilt flower stem with leaves. There are more yellow cartouches repeated equally spaced around the rim, the number dictated by the size of the item, four on cups and five on saucers and plates.
The reserved white centre resembles a flower with the "petals" filled with complex gilt sprays and the middle section is decorated with polychrome enamelled sprays of various English flowers. The outside of the cup is decorated with a continuous gilded leaf and berry scroll pattern. This set is unmarked other than the pattern number, but has been attributed to John Yates of Broad Street, Shelton, Hanley, Staffordshire, England who operated from 1784 - 1835.
Similar painted patterns were produced by other manufacturers including Ridgway, Alcock, Rathbone, Coalport, Charles Bourne, Chamberlain, Clews, and several other unidentified firms. For an identically gilt decorated and similarly shaped cup. See plate 688 page 115 of a Compendium of British Cups by Michael Berthoud.
The tea cup is 2 1/16 inches (52 mm) high by 3 5/8 inches (93 mm) diameter. The saucer has a diameter of 5 11/16 inches (145 mm) and deep straight side stands 1 inches (25 mm) high. They weigh 235 grammes unpacked.
They are in good antique condition. They both have fine crazing to the glaze and some wear to the gilding and enamelling particularly the inside of the saucer. Both items have some bone china body discolouration particularly to the outsides. There is a small chip to the outside rim of the saucer underneath. Please see the images.
This is a great item for any collector of English 19th century tea cups and saucers, hand painted ware, floral patterns or Regency porcelain.
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