A look at the design, market and legacy of Victorian pottery

Monday, May 27, 2013

Majolica Cups and Saucers

When you consider the prodigious quantities that must have been produced during their heyday, there are relatively few majolica cups and saucers available today for the collector. It seems that only mustache cups, which were potted in much smaller quantities and received much less use than their regular c&s brethren, have survived to be collected today. We did a post about majolica mustache cups quite some time ago so I thought today we'd concentrate on regular cups and saucers.

Cups and saucers were produced by all the potteries, major and minor, that produced majolica. As you might guess, the most exquisite were produced by George Jones and Minton, often in creative designs to compliment the teapots they were made to match.

Of course other companies like Wedgwood, Fielding and Holdcroft made cups and sauces as well as did other English companies. These too are very difficult to find, particularly some of the more delicate designs.

On the other side of the Atlantic, teacups and saucers were made by American firms as well.
The most famous of course would be the Shell cup & saucers made by the Etruscan Works but the company also made cups and saucers in other patterns as well.

The French, Portuguese and Germans made cups and saucers with some patterns still in production today.

When buying cups and saucers you should always check the handle of the cup, which is the most fragile part of the teacup, for cracks or repairs. It's also a good idea to buy individual cups without their saucers, because saucers are usually much more plentiful and easier to replace in a missing set.

Prices for tea cup sets are all over the place with some of the more elaborate sets running into the hundreds or thousands of dollars while others will only cost you about $50. 
As always, do your homework and you're bound to get a fair price.

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