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Cup and saucer, porcelain, cast, decorated in the Japanese taste with a pattern of overlapping panels and flowering prunus branches. The overlapping panels glazed in bright turquoise blue in imitation of cloisonné enamel, each with further stencilled lines in dark blue of a lattice pattern on the lower panel and the outlines of prunus blossoms in the upper panels, the flowers filled in with relief enamelling in pink and white, the lattice highlighted with relief gold dots at each intersection. The prunus blossoms painted in relief two-colour gilding, the branches in yellow, the blossoms in red gilding. Gilded outlines to rim and handle.
- Production date
- 1878 (circa)
Diameter: 10.40 centimetres (cup)
Diameter: 15.30 centimetres (saucer)
Height: 7 centimetres (cup)
Height: 3.70 centimetres (saucer)
- Curator's comments
- The 'G' series pattern numbers was used for richly decorated wares. Pattern numbers G2900-3299 were introduced in 1878 (see Joan Jones, 'Minton. The First Two Hundred Years of Design and Production', Shrewsbury 1993, p. 321). The complexity of this pattern, requiring so many different processes combined with expensive gilding, is exceptional. For a side plate with a variant of this pattern, bearing the Minton date mark for 1881, the prunus branches in enamlled colours instead of gilding, see 'The John Scott Collection, Volume Six. A Christmas Spectacular', London (Fine Art Society) 2014, cat. 101.
This lavish service may have been commissioned by the retailer, a long-standing firm of china suppliers. The business was established by George Phillips at 358-9 Oxford Street by the early 1780s. In 1879 part of these premises was let to the young Joel Duveen, to display his stock of Oriental porcelain and French furniture. After George Phillips' death in 1814, the business was carried on by his sons, at least until the 1830s, and then continued as W.P.& G. Phillips, until 1897 in Oxford Street, and also in Bond Street, and at Mount Street, from c. 1897-1906 (information from Tate collections online, under portrait of 'Mrs Phillips, Wife of the China Man, Oxford Street'). The Phillips retailer's mark is printed overglaze so could have been added later.
- Not on display
- Cup: two hairline cracks at rim
Saucer: a chip at one side has been repaired with metal rivets; hairline crack at rim on opposite side
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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