In February, when I posted my essay Consider the Saucer, I promised that I would publish photographs from time to time of some of the prettier antique saucers we have collected. Today is the first of such posts. I plan on making this a once-a-week series until I either run out of saucers to feature or I run out of patience.
This week's saucer is an early English pearlware one, circa 1790-1800. It is finely painted in a Famille Rose style decoration reminiscent of Chinese export porcelain. It measures 5 ½ inches in diameter and came with a matching tea bowl. It is unmarked. Boy found the cup and saucer at Todd Alexander Romano's shop, when it was still at Lexington Avenue and 73rd Street.
I like this saucer because it is pretty and floral and summery, and I enjoy seeing it when we place it on one of the tables in our drawing room at Darlington House, where it has recently returned now that spring has arrived in the Hudson River Valley.
Photograph by Boy Fenwick