Incredible Rare Minton Pink 'Cockatrice' Cup and Saucer

Incredible Rare Minton Pink 'Cockatrice' Cup and Saucer

If one had to pick over-the-top china, this would rank as the overwhelming choice in today's market. But, in the early days of the 20th Century, the more over-the-top the pattern, the more highly prized items were. This china would have been the choice of any well-to-do matron of that era. It's a brilliant rose with gold, yellow and blue. The pinks are so vivid and the other colors are muted so the pinks appear even more vibrant. The overall pattern is far from the simplistic styles of today. The center and strategic medallions feature fruit and flowers around the border and an Orient-inspired rampant pheasant in the center. This 5 3/4 inch saucer is of wafer-thin, highest quality porcelain from England's finest manufacturer. Minton perfected the French pate-sur-pate method of porcelain painting and showed it off in every piece. The diminuitive cup, only 3 3/8 inches in diameter and 4 inches including the handle, also features hand-painted fruit and flowers on the interior of the 2 1/4 inch deep bowl. And, because the Minton porcelainers and artists were the best at their art, their fame spread world wide. Their art was and continues to be evident in dozens of Royal houses, countless embassies and homes of heads of state. You can join this select group of the world'
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