Tea cup and saucer
Chelsea-Derby Factory ( British, 1769 - 1784 )
- c. 1769–1784
Ornamented with delicately enameled multi-colored flowers and a gilded swagged rim, this tea cup reveals to the drinker additional tiny blue floral decoration that emerges upon emptying it of liquid. Porcelain teacups and saucers had been imported from China and Japan to Europe for over a century, but only in mid-18th century did European-made ceramics begin to challenge the quality of Asian wares. This teacup and saucer reflect the strong influence of French Sevres on English potteries in the late 18th century.
DMA unpublished material, 1988.