It's Sunday, when I write a little about a piece in my own collection.
The dessert sets I sold this week were certainly very popular, and I think part of the beauty comes from the superb moulding details around the rims. It's more unusual to find moulding detail also on the body of the pieces, and whenever I do it's usually something very special. That made me think of this 1840s cup and saucer in my collection, which is a particularly fine example of incredibly crisp and detailed moulding in the body of the piece. It has absolutely lovely moulding throughout, with acanthus leaves forming the wide frames surrounding the painted floral decoration. I also love the raised foot, it gives the cup a delightful proportion and an elegant look as it rests on the saucer.
The gilding adds more shine at all the edges of the moulding and all the detail of the leaves, and comes together with the skills of the modeller in the handle, which brings the whole design together by echoing both the foot and the frame details in a superbly sculptural shape.
The hand-painted flowers are beautifully painted, full of nicely observed details and wonderfully balanced between the pink and the blue of the flowers, and the gold and the white of the porcelain. I also adore the balance of the casual floral arrangement and the luxurious frame and gilding, it's quite exquisitely achieved.
I have the teacup and saucer, and I'm keeping my eye out for the matching coffee cup so that this gorgeous set can once again be reunited as a truly spectacular trio. 🌹
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