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Cup

Worcester Porcelain Manufactoryc. 1760 - 1775

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, United States

In the British American colonies of the eighteenth century, fine European porcelain appeared only rarely. It was a special commodity even in the households of the affluent merchants and landowners. The only porcelains excavated at Williamsburg, for example, have been of lesser quality, blue-and-white transfer-printed porcelain.

In 1751 the Worcester Porcelain Manufactory in England was formed to meet the growing demand for white, soft-paste porcelain tableware. By 1755 the use of transfer-printing increased production at the manufactory and widened availability to a larger market. Benjamin Franklin purchased some Worcester porcelain while in London; he wrote to his wife Deborah in 1758, “I send you by Capt. Budden a large Case.... In the large case is another small Box, containing some English China [including] a Worcester Bowl, ordinary.”

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  • Title: Cup
  • Date: c. 1760 - 1775
  • Physical Dimensions: w7.3 x h4.3 x d7.3 cm (overall)
  • Type: Ceramics
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Soft-paste porcelain with transfer print
  • Manufacturer: Worcester Porcelain Manufactory
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Mrs. Vernon Knight

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