How many birds can you get onto a teacup? Royal Worcester, ca 1868

How many song birds can you get onto a teacup? At Royal Worcester they must have decided to try in the year 1868. This teacup is very special with its incredibly finely hand painted birds, 3 on the cup and 3 on the saucer. It pays off to bring a magnifying glass to it as each feather has been painted with a tiny little brush stroke, making each bird unique and very lively. The artist must have been studying ornithology books as the birds are so accurate and precise… you just can’t stop looking at this cup.

If the birds are not enough, have a look at the jewelled rims. Tiny little porcelain balls stuck onto the rim, in a beautiful setting of gilded bands.

You can find the listing here in my Antiques shop.

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