Two-handled chocolate cup with matching lid and saucer (HD 2011.12.2) decorated with underglaze cobalt blue transfer printed design of the Broseley pattern. The domed circular lid has a round knob or finial and a stright flange to fit into the cup; the cup is shaped in the form of a bucket with two scroll handles on either side. The rims of the three pieces are decorated with gilding - much of which has worn off. The pattern, an Asian-inspired landscape of pagodas, bridges, and trees said to have been named after the neighboring town, Broseley, was copied directly from a Chinese original design and was one of the earliest printed patterns produced on porcelain at the Caughley Factory, c. 1780. The pattern was mainly used on tea services. Although this piece is not marked, a similar design for a chocolate cup appears in the Spode pattern book - a copy is owned by the Winterthur Museum and the Spode Museum owns the other. This design is called "Bucket Shape Cov'd Chocolates & Stands" on page 19 of the Winterthur Library's Spode pattern book. The chocolate cup is in excellent condition.
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