What makes Nantgarw porcelain special? In the years 1813-1814 and again in the period 1817-1822 some of the finest porcelain in the world was produced at the Nantgarw China Works in Wales by William Billingsley who was one of the most remarkable porcelain painters and manufacturers of his time. We are offering a rare Nantgarw China Works porcelain breakfast cup and saucer made 1813-1822. The outside of the cup and the inside of the saucer are decorated with garlands of pink roses. The gilding is delicate and beautiful. The cup has the characteristic Nantgarw handle. The cup has two original firing cracks (see images). Both the cup and the saucer are marked underneath with the Nantgarw mark in iron red (see image).
4.5″ tall x 6.5″ (the saucer)
Background of Nantgarw China Works: The factory made porcelain of very high quality, especially in the years from 1813-1814 and 1817-1820. When the English factories had switched to bone china Nantgarw was one of the last factories to make soft-paste porcelain.