18th Century Worcester Porcelain Teabowl and Saucer, Tea Party Print.

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18th Century Worcester Porcelain Teabowl and Saucer, Tea Party Print. 

The thin-walled teabowl and saucer transfer-printed in black with a slender black band to rim, centering the "Tea Party #2" by Robert Hancock. The obverse of the teabowl with a transfer-print of the "Maid and Page," also by Hancock. The interior fo the teabowl is printed with the image of a swan in water. 

Unmarked.

Circa 1765-1770.

1 5/8" H., 3" Diameter, the teabowl. The saucer 4 5/8" Diameter. 

Condition: The teabowl has a 1/4" l. diagonal near-tear and kiln blow out right near the rim. This is right behind the tall tree print, of Maid and Page. Teabowl foot has a minute nick. There is one black dot, to interior wall of teabowl, and two dots that are kiln speckles. The black band to saucer is off-center; at 3 o'clock and 5 o'clock, the saucer has very light roughness. There is minor wear to the black band, and a 3/8" long very light scratch from stacking, across the central tree toward the lady's stomacher. There are light kiln speckling dots around 5 o'clock.

Provenance: MIke Smith, London, 1997. 

Robin Henry Ceramic Collection, New York.

Collection #31.

 

Dawson, Aileen, The Art of Worcester Porcelain, 1751-1788: Masterpieces from the British Museum Collection (London: British Museum Press: 2007), p. 160. 

Dawson discusses the three main variations of Hancock's Tea Party Print.