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Antique Nantgarw Tea & Coffee Cups with Saucer

Antique Nantgarw Tea & Coffee Cups with Saucer


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: English: Porcelain: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1440254

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This trio of tea cup, coffee cup and saucer was produced in Wales by Nantgarw between 1817 and 1822. Illustration #82 in “Nantgarw Porcelain Album” written by W.D. John, G.J. Coombes and K. Coombes shows a cream jug in the same pattern. None of the pieces are signed. The saucer measures 5 1/2 inches in diameter and is 1 inch deep. It is notable that this saucer does not have a foot rim and is unglazed on the bottom, a detail which is mentioned in the book. The tea cup is 2 1/8 inches tall (without the handle) and 3 3/4” in diameter. The coffee cup is 2 3/8 inches tall with a diameter of 2 3/4 inches. The bodies of the cups are finely molded with a small foot and inverted heart shaped handles. The decoration is attributed to London decorators. Hand gilding of such intricacy and delicacy permeates the design. Gilded urns spewing grapes and vines like fountains alternate with wide gilded vessels containing colorful enameled flower arrangements. Every inch is dripping gold and flowers. At the center of each piece is a knot of flowers. The outside of the cups are ringed with a gilded band of berries and leaves. The rims and handles are trimmed with gold. The superb artisans who decorated these pieces had the additional challenge of painting inside the cups. This was accomplished with precision. Is there any doubt these are some of the most beautiful porcelains in the world?