Teacup and saucer

about 1770–80
Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

Object Place: Europe, England


4.4 x 9.2 cm (1 3/4 x 3 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with claret ground, decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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Both pieces were thrown and turned. The cup has an ear-shaped loop handle. The body is quite thin and by transmitted light shows a greenish cream translucency.
The outside of the cup and the inside of the saucer have been painted in a deep puce, called “claret”, on the cup are reserved three shaped panels, two large and one small, and on the saucer, two large and two small panels. The reserves are painted with sprays of flowers and foliage in natural colors of pink, blue, orange, and yellow. The panels are framed in elaborate rococo scrolls with arched trellises and flowers and foliage in tooled gilding. There is a plain gold band at the rim of the saucer. On the cup a gold dentil band is on the inner rim, a plain gold band marks the juncture of the claret ground and the white foot ring, and the white handle is ornamented with gold lines, dots, and leaf motifs. Inside the cup is a small spray of orange flowers and scattered green leaves masking the largest glaze flaws. Two-thirds of the interior and exterior have black specks in the glaze (minute burst air bubbles.)


December, 1956, purchased by Rita and Frits Markus, New York and Chatham, MA; 1985, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 1985)

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus