A rare Derby caudle cup and stand moulded with festoons of flowers and ribbing and finished with fine gilding to the rims and handles c1785
This piece was made at Derby after the purchase of the Chelsea factory in 1770 by William Duesbury, the then Derby proprietor. Duesbury died in 1786 and the business was continued by his son William, known as William 11.
See Derby Porcelain by John Twitchett for several examples of caudle cups.
Both the cup and the stand are clearly marked to the bases in puce with the crown, crossed batons and letter D and a secondary mark N78. The latter mark is thought to represent the gilder responsible for the decoration.
The Cup stands 11.8cm tall and measures 13cm across the handles.
The Stand is 15.5 cm in diameter.
Condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or restoration. The gilding is in fine condition with very little sign of rubbing. The lid sits very slightly proud of the cup rim and is most likely a match.