For sale is a lovely teacup and saucer made by Royal Crown Derby of Derby, England. The pattern is known as "A701" which I believe is "Leaf and Vine" and is a delightful pattern. The actual cup measures 2 3/8" tall and 3 1/16" wide at the rim of the cup. The rim of the cup is scalloped in height. The base of the cup measures 1 1/2" wide. The saucer is 3/4" tall and is 5 1/2 in diameter.
The "Leaf and Vine" pattern displays a horizontal garland of serrated edge leaves with veining details and trailing curly cue vines. The leaves are two tones of green and light blue possibly to simulate shadows. There are posy type flowers blooming occasionally along the vine which have red enameling at the flower centers to accentuate them. The red enameling is also on some of the leaves and this could be for an Ivy Geranium. The saucer has a wreath encircling the plate to match the teacup. The teacup and saucer are nicely trimmed with gold along the edge, handle and base. The gold trim has a scroll decoration to accentuate the slight scalloped edge to teacup and saucer.
Royal Crown Derby was founded sometime before 1750 by a gentleman named Andrew Planche in Derby England. It is a long and illustrious history with the firm gaining widespread recognition for fine porcelain from even the Royal family. There were many ups and downs with the porcelain company as it changed hands through generations but never enough to make the company falter. In 1894, they acquired an artist named Desire Leroy who did wonderful adornments to service wares and vases with the enameling technique and gilding details. In 1964, S. Pearson acquired the company and also bought Royal Doulton. The two companies merged and Royal Crown Derby is manufactured in Britain today.
The teacup and saucer are in excellent condition as there are no cracks, chips, nicks or dings. The pieces are signed with the "Royal Crown Derby" signature in red along with "Made in England" below the logo. There is the roman numeral "VII" which signifies the date which was made circa 1944. There is a hand written in brown "A701" on the saucer which is the pattern number.
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