A most gorgeous and glamorous English porcelain cabinet cup from one of the top English porcelain manufacturers of the period. There is lots of interesting background to this splendid little cup, see below.
This circa 1811 to 1825 period porcelain cup was produced by the Chamberlains Worcester porcelain factory, England in the latest Empire or Regency design with its fancy handle, Greek Key gilt decoration to the interior rim and gorgeous pedestal foot. This would have been an expensive commission from a wealthy client back in 1820. The cup having a named, hand painted vignette view of Bothwell Castle in Clydesdale. Possibly painted by the renowned Doe and Rogers. See similar in the Christies PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARION OATES CHARLES sale, Lot 86 20th August 2020.
The scarce feature is the lavender ground. This is a very rare colorway that is found so infrequently. Combined with the exceptional miniature painting and luxury gilding, this will make a fine show stopper for any early 19th century cup collector. Complete with named view in Gilt to the front and to the underside of the foot the typical red script reading" Castle in Clydesdale, Chamberlains Worcester".
Size: 3 inch high (8 cm) by top diameter 3 inch (8 cm).
Condition: Old restoration to thumb tip of handle. Minor wear to the gilding around the top rim.
Chamberlain Worcester background - Robert Chamberlain started as an apprentice at the Dr John Wall, Worcester porcelain factory. By the year 1783 he was head of the decorating department. It was in that year that he decided to leave to begin his own decorating establishment. For the first few year he and his team decorated by hand readymade pieces from other manufacturers that they purchased plain. However by 1791 Chamberlain decided to also manufacture his own porcelain. Within a short period of time Chamberlains wares gained great prestige down to the very fine quality of the rich decorating by accomplished artists. Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton commissioned a service in 1802. The Prince Regent awarded Chamberlains the Royal Warrant in 1807. In 1813 Lord Nevill, Marquis of Abergavenny placed the most expensive order to the porcelain factory which again helped catapult them in to the realms of the richest and wealthiest persons in the world. They expanded premises from the Worcester premises to several showrooms in London, and through the East India Company exported tea and dinner services across the world.
Bothwell Castle background - Bothwell Castle is found to the south East of Glasgow. It is a medieval castle that was built on the bend of the River Clyde by Walter of Moray during the 1200s. Due to constant invasion and siege during the Wars of Scottish Independence the Castle was never quite finished. The Castle was considered "one of the most important military strongholds in Scotland"
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Rare Chamberlain Worcester Pedestal Cup Named View Bothwell Castle, Scotland, Lavender Ground Circa 1820 AF
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