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New Hall Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf Cup & Saucer

New Hall Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf Cup & Saucer


New Hall porcelain cup and saucer, underglaze blue outline with overglaze enamels, pattern number 272, c. 1800.



     Cup approximately 3¼” diameter.

     Saucer approximately 5” diameter.



The cup body is decorated in blue, orange, green, and fuchsia floral motifs in a pseudo- tobacco leaf pattern.


The interior of the cup has a blue border, and in the center is a blue flower.


The cup base is unmarked.


The saucer is similarly decorated.


The reverse is unmarked and bears an old label.


Notwithstanding the lack of markings, the decoration is that of New Hall pattern 272.


This is an example of an English interpretation of a Chinese export porcelain pattern.


According to Debomy in his book “Tobacco Leaf and Pseudo”, the term “Pseudo Tobacco Leaf” refers to motifs whose technique is very close to the pattern called “Tobacco Leaf”, with the same flowers and other motifs such as rosettes and rings, but without the large leaves that generally occupy three quarters of the surface of the pieces.


Debomy discusses English interpretations at pp. 270 - 272.


In pseudo-tobacco leaf, the leaves are more discreet and varied and are often painted more energetically.



Holgate, "New Hall & Its Imitators".


Debomy, "Tobacco Leaf and Pseudo".


Condition: In excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.

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