English porcelain factory, Worcester, made this transfer printed, bell shape mug probably between 1756 and 1768, during the Rococo Influence phase of its transfer printed designs. The transfer printing process revolutionised the English ceramic industry when decoration no longer needed to be applied laboriously by hand. Engraver, Robert Hancock, introduced the process to Worcester along with a range of distinctive decorations of French influence. This marked a creative and lucrative period for the company that surpassed all other English factories which produced these wares.
Transfer printed decoration presented many advantages over hand painting, enabling greater depth, perspective and detail. Worcester produced elegant forms with decorations that originated from contemporary, romantic artworks and depicted fashionable and genteel pastimes.
Worcester introduced the bell or baluster shape mug in around 1752, and continued to manufacture this item until the 1770s. It was regularly decorated with transfer printed designs that commemorated important events in Europe, such as the death of George II in 1760, and the marriage of George III and Queen Charlotte in 1761.