15-p Minton & Boyle M&B Felspar Porcelain Tea Service

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  • Sold Date: Jun 19, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

MAGNIFICENT EARLY MINTON & BOYLE STAFFORDSHIRE ENGLISH FELSPAR PORCELAIN TEA SERVICE WITH CUPS & SAUCERS, CREAMER & SUGAR, 1836-1841

You haven't seen any prettier fine china than this very early collection of Minton & Boyle, heavily hand painted, almost enameled, with oriental flowers and birds and a brilliant turquoise band over a white ground. This china is marked M&B, Felspar Porcelain and it was made between 1836 and 1841. This was a precursor to the later Minton china, the first name (Minton) referring to Thomas Minton.

This collection has survived many generations to be offered here. It includes 7 cups and 6 saucers and a large creamer and covered sugar bowl. The cups are 1-7/8" tall and 4" in diameter and are decorated inside and out. The saucers do not have a defined well. They are just a hair under 6" in diameter. The shapely creamer is 4" tall and 5-3/4" measured from handle to the wide spout. The sugar bowl is just under 6" tall with the lid in place and measures 6-1/4" from handle to handle.

The sugar bowl is the only piece in this collection with condition issues. It has a crack all around the base but is repaired and does not seem overly fragile for the difficulty. The lid is not perfectly round and has to be rotated a bit to fit squarely on the rim of the bowl. These pieces were not mass-produced to exacting toleranc
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