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A521 Teacup and saucer, bone china, Chelsea Porcelain Factory, Chelsea, England, c. 1760s. Click to enlarge.

Chelsea bone china teacup and saucer

This bone china teacup and saucer were made by the Chelsea porcelain factory, one of the earliest and most significant ceramic manufactories in England founded in 1744.  They were designed at a time when Chelsea produced some of its most extravagant designs, although this set is a more restrained example. Chelsea cultivated fashionable clientele and this design illustrates the influence of the French rococo style on Chelsea forms and patterns.  The impact of rococo designs was in full force in …


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Object Statement

Teacup and saucer, bone china, Chelsea Porcelain Factory, Chelsea, England, c. 1760s

Physical Description

Bone china moulded (embossed) teacup and saucer painted with coloured enamels and gilt with floral and foliate rococo motifs between latticed rocaillles set against dark blue and white (resevered) background; gilt rims, loop handle, short and plain footrim with a single gilt line around.



In 1770 the Chelsea porcelain factory was purchased by William Duesbury of Derby porcelain factory who ran it until 1784. The factory continued to operate in Chelsea but during this time the Chelsea wares were very similar to Duesbury's Derby wares and the period is known as Chelsea-Derby.


Credit Line

Purchased 1906

Acquisition Date

1 June 1906

Cite this Object


Chelsea bone china teacup and saucer 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 October 2021, <>


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