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This is a rare and beautiful pattern by Tunstall potter Edward Challinor. This fine ironstone handleless cup and saucer is in the 'Florilla' pattern, which dates to the 1842-67 production period. Some call this style a tea bowl. Both Gothic shape cup and saucer are beautifully detailed in an Asian themed transfer pattern with pagoda, bird, fronds and flowers; some collectors call such hues mulberry, but this is a true purple transferware. The details include hand clobbering, or decorative overpainting, in shades of deep rose, colonial blue, mustard, and green over a deep lilac transfer printed scene. The cup is 2 3/4 inches high and the saucer is 6" in diameter. Bottom of saucer bears one of Challinor's marks "E.C." and the pattern name.

Condition is Very Good, noting fine crazing on both pieces, one tiny glaze flake to saucer rim (at 6 'o clock) and old chips and faint discoloration to foot of cup (see photos). Displays beautifully.

We have multiple items in this pattern, including some we have yet to list; please see our shop for more and/or inquire for more details about what else we'll be listing.

NOTE: flat rate shipping costs are estimated, based on shipping from NY to CA; the closer you are to NY, the cheaper it will be! Please please contact us with your zip for a detailed quote and/or combined shipping rates for multiple items.

Notes on 19th Century Ironstone Transferware:

These earthenware pieces were mass-produced for utilitarian use, as the technology behind transferware made patterned dinnerware (which was previously hand-painted at great cost) available to middle-class households. Potted of strong and sturdy ironstone to endure everyday table use, most pieces show some of the typical manufacturing irregularities such as stilt marks, glaze skips/drips/pooling, seams or small interruptions to transfer pattern, and the occasional specks of kiln dust, etc. These details are not considered damage, since they are inherent to the production process, and are not necessarily mentioned in descriptions since they should be expected. Indeed, these little variations give each pieces its own special signature and add to the charm of old transferware!

We do our best to describe in detail all post-manufacturing wear (chips, cracks, scratches/utensil marks, glaze flakes or wear) and age-related characteristics (glaze crazing, age darkening/toning). It's rare to find pieces without some reminders of age and use, but these sturdy old wares tend to be quite forgiving and sometimes small flaws actually add to their charm! At this point in time, they are best suited to display (rather than table use) due to the lead content of some of the glazes.

Antique Staffordshire Ironstone Handleless Tea Cup and Saucer Edward Challinor FLORILLA Pattern (1842-67) Polychrome Purple Transferware


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: ironstone, pottery, ceramic, earthenware, tea cup, transfer ware, plate, teacup, tea bowl, english transferware, antique transferware, vintage plate, purple transferware
  • Only ships within United States.
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