This post marks the return of Saucer of the Week, a series interrupted by my musings and remembrances of college reunions past. How nice, and what a relief it is, to once again focus one's attention on the pretty and the lighthearted.
This week's saucer is, again, an early nineteenth century English one done in the Oriental taste that was then much in vogue. It is more vigorous and vibrant than the ones in such taste I've posted previously, and is a great favorite of mine. I like the refined crudeness of its design. It is decorated with an underglaze application of dark blue, and then subsequent overglaze decorations in orange and green, and a final application of gilding—captured brilliantly in the photograph, above.
The saucer measures a generous 5 ½ inches across, and the china it is made of is thicker than on the more rarified saucers I've posted to date. It is unmarked. I suspect that it was made by one of the lesser English potteries of the day, long since vanished, in imitation of what was being produced in the more noteworthy potteries of the time. It is one of a pair that we supposedly bought at Bardith, Ltd., on Madison Avenue years ago.
Not everything need always be of only the finest calibre to excite Reggie's fancy, Dear Reader . . .
Photograph by Boy Fenwick