Discontinued vintage COALPORT bone china porcelain demitasse teacup / tea cup and saucer set in the WENLOCK FRUIT pattern.
(c. 1986) Excellent condition and will include the combined original Certificate of Authenticity from Coalport, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, England and the Danbury Mint. This fine bone china cup and saucer set is number 24 in the set of the Danbury Mint's Cups & Saucers of the World's Great Porcelain Houses together with the original box from the Danbury Mint. 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!
Coalport's tradition of excellence is readily apparent in this superb cup and saucer set. The shape is called "Gadroon" and was developed in the early 1800's. It was an extremely popular shape in Victorian England.
The traditional fruit spray is a unique adaptation of the "Wenlock Fruit" design. This design was named after a range of hills called the Wenlock Edge where fruit trees grow in rich profusion. The graceful flowing lines of the cup and saucer and the 24K gold hand-painted borders are beautifully set off by the luster of the fine porcelain proudly produced for this collection by Coalport.
The history of the Coalport Porcelain Company has its roots in the mid-eighteenth century. At that time, Ambrose Gallimore, a native of the North Staffordshire Potteries area, leased a pottery located in a remote spot known as Caughley. The Caughley factory specialized in soft-paste porcelains.
About 1793, John Rose, finished his apprenticeship at the Caughley porcelain factory and then established his own business at Jackfield, Shropshire in partnership with Edward Blakeway. Within a year or two, the factory was moved across the river Severn to Coalport, England. They chose this site because it enabled them to receive the vital supplies of china-clay and china-stone from the Cornish coast at very reasonable prices via canal.
At the turn of the nineteenth century, bone china was in great demand and the firm prospered because of its high-quality wares. The Coalport factory soon became one of the leading producers of enamel-painted flower decorated objects, generally known as "Coalbrookdale" wares. In 1820, the company developed a leadless glaze base on felspar which brought them wide recognition and a Royal Society of Arts Gold Medal.
In 1923, the company was purchased by Cauldon Potteries Ltd. of North Staffordshire. Three years later, the facility was moved to a new location in "The Potteries" where it continues the tradition of Coalport high-quality bone china.
This fine bone china demitasse teacup measures 2.25" tall, 2.25" in diameter at the tea cup lip and 2.75" from the tip of the teacup handle to the outside tip of the teacup. The matching saucer measures 4.5" 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, COALPORT, BONE CHINA, MADE IN ENGLAND. The original Danbury Mint styrofoam shipping box will be included.
A2089 - Vintage COALPORT Porcelain Teacup Tea Cup & Saucer Set WENLOCK FRUIT - BOXED & DISCONTINUED