Chinese Tea Cup ? Any information appreciated.

by Rob
(Gloucestershire, UK)

Hi Peter,

Here is a cup i have recently inherited, any help with information please.

here is a link to more pics.

www.flickr.com/photos/92312134@N07/sets/72157632554120352/

Regards

Rob

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With thanks.
by: Rob

Many many thanks both Peter and Barry, it was quite surprising this turned out to be Worcester. I have already done a few searches and found in several places accross the internet. Again, many thanks.

Regards

Rob

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by: peter

Hi Barry,
Thanks for the hint. Never even thought of European Chinoiserie. They even copied the Kangxi period mark! I need to remember this.

Peter

A Worcester coffee cup
by: Barry

Your cup is an 18th century Worcester coffee cup from the first period C1765 - 75. The pattern name is Dragons in Compartments. The mark on the bottom is known as a square fret mark and common on coloured Worcester porcelain. If you do a search you will find more examples.

Hope this helps, Barry

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by: peter

The decoration on the outside uses Chinese motifs, but the decoration band just inside the rim looks more Japanese to me. The mark could be either Chinese or Japanese. As far as I know the mark was used both in China and Japan. Personally, I would opt for Japanese, but am not completely sure. I have never seen this type of exterior decoration on Japanese porcelain, but they copied many motifs, and never the interior decoration on Chinese porcelain. Basically the cup seems to be antique.

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