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We have for sale an absolutely lovely and rather unusual Regency William Billingsley decorated Swansea teacup and saucer c 1816-17.
This finest Swansea duck egg porcelain teacup and saucer is of a basket weave moulded form and is beautifully but minimally decorated with a gilded handle and simple gilded bands. The bases of the cup and saucer both carry the Swansea script mark ascribed to the porcelain manufacturer and flower painter William Billingsley (see Swansea Porcelain, Shapes and Decoration. by A.E. Jones and Sir L. Joseph 1988 and also Swansea Porcelain, The Duck-Egg Translucent Vision of Lewis Dillwyn by Howell G M Edwards 2017. What makes this cup and saucer unusual is the minimal decoration. Billingsley was renowned as a flower painter, but saw fit to sign a simple minimally gilded cup and saucer - perhaps he used it to demonstrate the gilding technique to an apprentice but marked it with his red Swansea script out of habit.
The cup is 3.5 inches (8.9cm) in diameter and 2 inches (5.1cm) high whilst the saucer is just under 5.5 inches (14cm) in diameter.
Penrose Antiques Ltd has clarified that the Swansea William Billingsley Decorated Cup & Saucer (HE084 / LA153304) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1817.
Both the cup and saucer are in a very good to excellent condition other than some minor losses loss of gilt.
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