An important early creamware coffee cup, circa 1745-48

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Lot 15
An important early creamware coffee cup, circa 1745-48

Sold for £ 3,500 (US$ 4,840) inc. premium
An important early creamware coffee cup, circa 1745-48
Samuel Bell's factory, Newcastle-under-Lyme, of crabstock form with a gnarled branch forming the handle and embossed with blossoming branches picked out in cold gilding, 5.6cm high (short fine crack)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: the Watney Collection. Illustrated and discussed in the ECC's Limehouse Ware Revealed, fig.140, shown alongside similar cups in Limehouse porcelain and matching shards from the 'Pomona' and Limehouse sites. This distinctive shape provides a significant link between the porcelain manufacture at Limehouse and the earthenware manufactory at Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire. Samuel Bell made a wide variety of earthenwares on the site until 1744(?). The discovery of experimental porcelain on the same 'Pomona' site is evidence of a failed venture by one of the potters who had previously worked at Limehouse. Another creamware cup of this form is illustrated by Robin Reilly, Wedgwood I (1989), p.154, pl.101.
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