An extremely rare and striking Derby chocolate cup and saucer of very unusual form. The bell-shaped cup has an undulating rim and a flat ear-shaped pierced handle. It is painted in famille verte enamels with leaves and flowers positioned in compartments bordered in an iron red. The saucer is decorated in a similar fashion.
As rare as the cup is, according to several sources the saucer is much more so, and has rarely been offered at auction. A cup alone has appeared a very few times in the last 20 years, realizing prices from 840 to 1400 pounds sterling.
The cup stands 3" tall and 2 3/4" in diameter, while the saucer is 5" in diameter. The overall condition of the cup is excellent, with no chips, cracks, or restoration. There are a few fainter spots in some of the red lines, which is most likely due to a slight skipping in the original painting, rather than wear. The saucer also is in excellent condition, with only a tiny bite at one edge, shown in the last photo.