A rare coffee cup of 'A mark' type circa 1744-45

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Lot 18
A rare coffee cup of 'A mark' type circa 1744-45

Sold for £ 10,994 (US$ 13,744) inc. premium
A rare coffee cup of 'A Mark' type
circa 1744-45
of reeded shape, slightly everted at the rim, painted in famille rose style on both sides with a bird perched in the branch of a flowering tree with gilt highlights, all within a gilt scroll-edged cartouche, two insects in between, 6cm, (fine hair crack),

Footnotes

  • Provenance: W. W. Winkworth collection, sold Christie's, 25 November 1991, lot 86. Illustrated and discussed by Robert Charleston and John Mallet, A Problematical Group of Eighteenth-century Porcelains, pl. 75a. See also John Mallet, The A Marked Porcelains Revisited, ECC Trans. Vol 15, pt. 2. This paper, published in 1993, lists just 35 or 36 known examples of A Mark porcelain. Previous researchers have attributed the A Mark group to Alexander Lind working under the patronage of the Duke of Argyll. More recent researchers have favoured a London attribution, suggesting that these wares represent the earliest porcelains made at Bow. According to W.H.R. Ramsay, Anton Gabszewicz and E.G. Ramsay, 'Unaker' or Cherokee Clay and its relationship to the Bow Porcelain Manufactory, ECC Trans., Vol. 17, Pt. 3, 2001, the A Mark wares closely reproduce the Heylyn and Frye 1744 patent, using imported unaker clay from North Carolina. The 'A', it is suggested, refers to Alderman George Arnold, the financial backer of this enterprise. Some decoration on A Mark wares resembles English enamelling on Chinese porcelain. The mysterious Kentish Town porcelain has yet to be identified and so it is important, still, to keep an open mind. Another A Mark cup was sold in these rooms on 12 September 2001, lot 98.
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