Chinese Export Porcelain Cup & Saucer Teacup Trio
A Chinese export porcelain set composed of a teacup, a coffee cup, and a saucer in the same pattern, circa 1810.
Each piece is bordered with an orange band within which is portrayed a genre scene of people at various activities. These involve a boy walking his dog, a woman flying a kite, and another man with a walking stick among local scenery. The band is edged in gold.
The saucer has a central vignette of trees and shrubs, a quiver of arrows, and two urns; one filled with flowers and the other surmounted by two birds.
There is also a gold band inside the rim and a gilt flower in the interior of the teacup.
A trio is how cups and saucers were often sold in the late 18th and early 19th century. Given that one wouldn’t drink tea and coffee simultaneously, a single saucer was all that was needed.
Saucer approximately 5⅜” diameter.
Coffee cup approximately 2½” diameter.
Condition: Rubbing to gilding, otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.
Teacup approximately 3½” diameter.