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Worcester Queen Charlotte Pattern Coffee Cup and Saucer c1770

Heading :  First Period Worcester porcelain Queen Charlotte pattern coffee cup and saucer
Date : c1770
Period : George III 
Marks : Worcester underglaze blue fret mark
Origin : Worcester, England 
Colour : Red and blue with gilding. 
Pattern : Queen charlotte, alternating white and blue panels with stylised flowers. 
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks 
Restoration : None
Dimensions : 6.2cm height coffee cup, 6.2cm diameter coffee cup, 13.8cm diameter saucer. 
Weight : 177grams

Reference : "The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain" - H Sandon p103

V&A collection number: c.347&A-1924

The pattern takes inspiration from Japanese Imari wares and it was a widely copied style both in Europe and China. Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz met the soon to be GeorgeIII at the marriage altar and became Queen just two weeks later. The King and Queen visited Worcester in 1788 and made purchases but it is most likely that Worcester simply took the opportunity to use the name Queen Charlotte as a marketing ploy. Had the Queen herself inspired a design then surely it would be reasonable to expect something more teutonic, less oriental and almost certainly a design containing flora as she is known to have been a very keen botanist. "Queen Charlotte" is a more memorable a name than, "fence pattern" or "fruit and moths" and thus the marketing ploy is still working almost 250 years later.

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