Antique Flow Blue/Gaudy Welsh “Strawberry” Pattern Tea Bowl (Handless Cup) and Saucer. Circa 1830. Originally manufactured in Wales, Gaudy Welsh was later produced in Britain during the early nineteenth century, patterned after Japanese Imari, sold to the working class, and given its name by Americans (Howard Williams, 1978). This large, soft-paste porcelain tea bowl and saucer seems to be a transition piece between the earlier Gaudy Welsh and the later Flow Blue styles. It has the traditional Gaudy Welsh colours of cobalt blue, and shades of russet, green and pink lustre (which appears copper coloured when applied as an overglaze onto an underglaze of cobalt blue). However, the set also exhibits the pale blue “flow” from the darker blue into the white background.
The cup is 3½ inches (9 cm) wide at the top and 3 inches (8 cm) tall. The saucer is 5¾ inches (15 cm) in diameter and 1¼ inches (3.25 cm) deep.
The hand-painted set has the typical glaze blemishes of items from this time period but is otherwise in excellent condition.
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