Antique Pale Green Transfer Printed Softpaste Porcelain Teacup and Tea Bowl
The saucer has not got the addition of a seat for the cup to sit snuggly instead the cup slips. The history of saucers is recent as compared to its counterpart, as it appeared in the year 1700. At first, it was the custom to drink the tea from the tea bowl. Later, a small amount of tea was poured into the saucer to promote rapid cooling. With time, the size of saucers has changed significantly, now functioning more like a platform to hold the cup in its centre. Though in several parts of the world, a considerable number of people still practice this custom from time to time, presumably as a tradition. Fragile transfer printed glazed cup and saucer.
Saucer diameter: 5 ½” Height: 1”
Cup Height: 2” Diameter at lip: 3” Edge of lip to edge of handle: 4”.
Maker and manufacturer unknown as not marked. Press mark B within base of saucer is all that is evident.
Condition issues: commensurate with age and use (presume part of one time service) – chips photographed on both items. 1 cm chip on saucer. nibbles on the base of the cup and larger nibs and chips on the cup rim especially near the handle.
SKU AN384 93