Tea & coffee cups, butterflies & moths c. 1866

Aynsley tea & coffee cups, butterflies & moths, c. 1866

These matching early Aynsley tea and coffee cups have attractive hand-paintings of butterflies and moths resting on foxgloves and forget-me-nots, against a pale mint ground. The teacup is of tapered and footed bucket shape while the narrower footed coffee cup has straight sides. Above and underneath the paintings are jewelled chains of raised and gilded dots. Sadly, the orphan cups are missing their shared saucer.

Aynsley started making porcelain in 1775 Early wares, like these cups, were unmarked. A pattern number, 1373, is legible in tiny script on the base of the coffee cup and was probably introduced before 1866.