A pearlware loving cup made in England around 1790 to 1815. It has a slightly greyish creamware type body with a pearlware type glaze which has a blue tint where it pools. The colours used, including brown, blue, apple green and ochre are all under-glaze colours as used in the so-called 'prattware' palette. It has a turned stem and base with a deeply bored hole right up the centre of the stem. The fluted handles are extruded.
It was probably made in Staffordshire or possibly Yorkshire (Leeds).
Loving cups, sometimes inscribed with names and dates, were given as gifts to commemorate special events such as marriages, or the birth of a child, or even as tokens of love.
130mm high to top of handle (approx. 5.1")
A very few minor shallow chips under the foot. A single short hairline (c. 2.5") from rim. Otherwise perfect. No restoration of any kind. (There is a factory flaw in the stem - a glazed over firing crack).