Derby beaker & saucer, cornflower pattern #100, c. 1790
Unusual Derby tall beaker & saucer, decorated with a cornflower & gilt star pattern in the French manner within a gilt dentil rim. Crown & batons mark in purple, also painted mark ‘100’, a small ‘4’ to the footrim for the gilder William Yates. Circa 1790
A most unusual shape, basically a bute-shape tall cup that has never had a handle attached. At an earlier period, this would be a tea bow, but by 1800 cups generally came with handles, especially at major factories like Derby. Handle-less tea bowls continued to be used & ordered in less fashionable regions such as the Americas, well into the 19th century.