Bone china decorated with blue ground colour, reserves painted with birds and flowers in polychrome enamels, and gilding
Bone china, decorated with a dark blue ground, painting in blue, green, yellow, puce, red, purple, brown, and black enamels, and gilding. The cup is cylindrical with an angular handle. The saucer is circular with deep sloping sides and recessed base. The upper part of the cup is decorated with a broad band of blue ground with gold dotted circles over it, interrupted by a rectangular reserve containing a polychrome exotic bird and two smaller oval reserves containing a flower. The lower part has three spaced insects. There are gold bands above and below the blue ground and round the reserves, round the base, and down the sides of the handle which also has three groups of strokes on its back, and tiny dots on the top and the lower part. The saucer has a central exotic bird surrounded by three butterflies, and on the sides, a blue ground overlaid by dotted gold circles, interrupted by three oval reserves containing respectively a daffodil, a violet and an orange daisy. There are gold bands round the central area, the reserves, and the top edge.
History note: Ronald Spencer Copeland (1918-2002); William Copeland (b. 1966); sold Bonham’s, 23-24 July, 2013, The Contents of Trelissick House including the Copeland China China Collection, Feock, Trelissick, Cornwall, 2nd day, 4th part of lot 713.
Purchased with the L.D. Cunliffe Fund
Method of acquisition: Bought (2013-10-14) by Bonhams
The design of this coffee cup and saucer appear to have been derived from the hard-paste porcelain service of made at Tournai for the duc d'Oréans, c. 1787-92, which featured bird decoration after illustrations in the comte de Buffon's Histoire naturelle des oiseaux (see C.15 & A-1948 which may be from that service). A large number of pieces from the duc d'Oréans' service were purchased by George IV.
( blue, green, yellow, puce, red, purple, brown, and black)
( dark blue from cobalt)
Saucer Diameter 10.3 cm Height 2.5 cm
Cup Diameter 5 cm Height 4.4 cm Width 6.5 cm
Inscription present: below a crown
Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label
Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on Label
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