Discontinued ROYAL WORCESTER porcelain bone china demitasse teacup / tea cup and saucer set in the ROANOKE pattern. (c. 1984) Excellent condition and will include the combined original Certificate of Authenticity from The Worcester Royal Porcelain Company, Ltd., Worcester, England and the Danbury Mint. This fine bone china cup and saucer set is number 13 in the set of the Danbury Mint's Cups & Saucers of the World's Great Porcelain Houses. The 1st cup & saucer set was released and shipped out on October 31 , 1983, and the 25th (last) cup and saucer set was released and shipped out on December 31, 1985!
The fine white luster of the porcelain is enhanced by the simplicity of the cup's design and sets off the delicate hues of the flowers to perfection. The finely hand-painted border of 22K gold adds the finishing touch of balance of richness to this exquisitely made cup and saucer set from Royal Worcester.
The pattern of this lovely cup and saucer set is called "Roanoke." It incorporates a profusion of English garden flowers that convey a timeless beauty. Delicate floral designs such as this were extremely popular in Europe during the 18th century.
England's oldest continuously operating porcelain factory was founded in Worcester, England in 1751 by a group of that city's prominent citizens. Two of the original stockholders, Dr. John Wall, a physician, and William Davis, an apothecary, perfected a process for making soft-paste porcelain from soapstone. In July of 1751 with this formula in hand, Wall and Davis and their fellow investors leased Warmsty House, an old mansion, and converted it into a porcelain works.
Since its earliest days, Royal Worcester (then known as The House of Worcester) produced a complete line of tableware as well as collections of highly valued decorative pieces. The Wall and Davis formula proved to be very versatile and was used extensively, making Worcester the most productive porcelain factory in England during its first forty years of operation.
During the early years, however, there were many changes in management and ownership. In 1791, the company actually traded as Flight & Barr. In 1862, the company was reorganized once more and become formally known as The Worcester Royal Porcelain Company, Ltd. It goes by that name today.
This fine bone china demitasse teacup measures 2.5" tall, 2.5" in diameter at the tea cup lip and 3.25" from the tip of the teacup handle to the outside tip of the teacup. The matching saucer measures 5.25" in diameter. Both are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs and are marked on the bases with DESIGNED & PRODUCED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE DANBURY MINT, ROYAL WORCESTER FINE BONE CHINA, MADE IN ENGLAND.
A2076 - Discontinued ROYAL WORCESTER Demitasse Teacup / Tea Cup & Saucer Set ROANOKE