A spectacular and rare 18th century Chelsea porcelain teabowl and saucer, each piece very finely and thinly potted and fulsomely painted with exotic birds and insects in landscapes, with a thin reddish-brown edge to the rims. The interior of the bowl has a flower sprig. Examples of this pattern are almost unheard of, and because of the superb technique, the painting was very probably done by Jeffrey Hamet O'Neal or William Duvivier. I cannot stress enough how striking these pieces are, and how they present so much better in person than the photos show.
Condition is superb, with bright, deep colors, and no scratches, cracks,paint loss, or restoration. There is a tiny 3mm (about 1/16") chip, possibly in the making, on the foot rim of the saucer. This chip can be seen at around 1 o'clock in the third photo. The height of the tea bowl is 1 5/8", and its top diameter is 3". The diameter of the saucer is 5". Red anchor and stilt marks to the bottoms of each piece.
Note: The bowl,in the 4th, 5th, and 6th photos, was sitting on a somewhat fuzzy surface, which might appear to be nicks at the bottom, but is not the case. Also, any apparent paint "skip" in any of the photos is due to light reflection.