Antique Gaudy Welsh 1842 mug. An adult-sized pearlware mug with a hand-painted, personalized, and dated inscription: “Edward Cuthbert, Born December 13, 1842”. Decorated in the “Pansy” pattern in the typical Gaudy Welsh colours of cobalt blue, russet, green and pink lustre on a white background. Most Gaudy Welsh wares are unmarked and full-sized mugs with a date and personal inscription are seldom seen. Made in Great Britain.
Height: 3 1/2″ (9 cm)
Diameter: 3 1/2″(9 cm)
There is a very faint hairline crack about 3″ in length (7.6 cm) located just above the letter “E” in the inscription. Some loss of pink lustre around the rim. Minor variations in glaze at time of manufacturing commonly found on ceramics of this period. These are not considered damage but are noted. See supporting photos for details.
About Gaudy Welsh*
Gaudy Welsh was made in Britain primarily for the North American import market during the 19th century. Patterned after Imari (Japanese porcelain), it was sold to the working class, and given its name by Americans. Patterns of Gaudy Welsh are almost endless. It’s a form of hand-painted decoration applied primarily to jugs, bowls and miniatures between 1820-1860. Gaudy Welsh was produced in three major areas: Staffordshire, Newcastle/Sunderland and Wales. Wares vary from earthenware, creamware, ironstone or bone china. The major colours are an underglaze cobalt blue (often in panels), rust or burnt orange/russet, and copper lustre – all on a white background. Other minor parts often include: pink lustre, green and yellow. The design is usually floral.
* Y. Williams, Howard (1978) Gaudy Welsh China, Wallace Homestead Book Company, Des Moines, IOWA
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