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Cup; porcelain; plain loop handle; rim and scrolled border inside rim gilt; painted in polychrome enamels over a printed outline in brown with the coat of arms of Parminter family, consisting of an argent, a saltire cross gules, between four lozenges gules voided of the field, and above is a double eagle in black on a blue ground. The whole shield is surrounded by a gilded scroll border with a conventional lion head above, flanked by a seated knight in armour and a square pedestal, against a background of trees and ruins.
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Diameter: 7.90 centimetres
Height: 6 centimetres
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This handled cup is from a tea and coffee set, c. 1756-60, painted with the Parminter coat of arms in a brown-printed shield-shaped cartouche, with a seated man in armour dressed as a knight to the left and a square plinth to the right in a landscape. The partial set comprising two tea bowls, three saucers and a saucer dish, is in the collection at A la Ronde, in Devon, the home of Parminter ancestors, now owned by the National Trust (NT 1311947). There is a small cream jug from the sest at the Victoria and Albert Museum (C.1258-1924). No other example is known using this printed outline, an innovation that was not persued by the manufacturers at Vauxhall, in South London, where they also experimented unsuccessfully with polychrome printing.
Watney, B. The Vauxhall China Works, 1751-1764. English Ceramic Circle Transactions. 1989, vol. 13, part 3, 220 p.
For a cup from this service, see The English Ceramic Circle, Ceramics of Vauxhall (2007), cat. 45, where dated ca. 1756-60
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