For sale is a lovely teacup and saucer made by Coalport of Coalport, England. The pattern is known as "Pink Leaves and Ferns" and is quite lovely. The cup measures 2 1/8" tall and 3 7/8" wide at the rim of the cup. The highest point on the handle measure 2 5/8" tall. The footed base measures 2" wide. The saucer is 7/8" tall and is 5 5/8" in diameter.
The "Pink Leaves and Ferns" pattern depicts clusters of pink serrated edged leaves in a wreath type fashion on the interior of the cup. There is a trailing delicate fern at the bottom of the leaves hanging down to almost the bottom of the cup. The exterior of the footed cup is decorated with this fern pattern and resembles chintz. The rim and the foot of the cup is accented with gold trim. The saucer is decorated in the same fashion as the interior of the tea cup.
Coalport China has a lengthy history that dates back to 1750 started by a gentleman named Squire Edward Brown under the name of Caughley China. He passed away a few years after starting the company and his nephew took over the firm after his passing. In 1772 Thomas Turner joined the company who was a well known engraver in England and also the one to experiment with transfer printing on china. There were several talented artists working in England and a gentleman named John Rose joined the company. John Rose was an apprentice/ entrepreneur who quickly branched off on his own and eventually moved the factory to Coalport, England. There is quite an illustrious and rich history that follows. The company remained successful with a few slower periods until it's final decline after World War 1 in 1925. The company was sold in 1925 and eventually became part of the Wedgwood group where they have been associated with high quality.
The teacup and saucer are in excellent condition as there are no cracks, chips, nicks or dings.The pieces are signed "Coalport Bone China, Made in England, A.D.1750." They are also signed freehand in gold with the numbers "9471". This set was made circa 1945.
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