Well, Dear Reader, it has been a very long time since I last posted a "Saucer of the Week" post. In fact, it has been almost a year!
Herewith I remedy this sad situation.
Today's "Saucer of the Week" is an English one dating from, I believe, 1820 to 1830. It is decorated with a pink-lustre foliate border and a transfer print in the center of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of— among other things—procreation. She is accompanied by her two sons Eros and Anteros. They are depicted in an Arcadian setting and all are staring intently at a just-gathered basket of eggs. It is, in a word, charming.
The saucer is reminiscent of, and was very possibly made in the one of the same potteries that produced the pink-lustre and transfer print Sunderland jugs that I own and wrote about in an earlier post.
I have four of these pretty little saucers in my collection, and they are a sentimental favorite of mine. They were a gift to me long ago by a former paramour who, sadly, died a number of years ago, and whose memory I will fondly treasure for the rest of my days.
I promise to be more regular in my "Saucer of the Week" postings going forward. I have, in fact, a number of them in the queue that I look forward to sharing with you over the next several weeks.
Photograph by Boy Fenwick