Very pretty Spode etruscan shape cup and saucer with a snake's head handle with coiled tail at the lower terminal. Decorated inside the cup and the saucer with purple enamels and gilding in a elaborate design of feathery foliage and branches. The center framed with a ring of gilt arches with hanging bellflowers is replicated in a band around the outside of the cup. The serpent handle is also richly gilded with finer detail to the head.
The cup is marked with gold pattern number 1590 I think. This specific cup design dates to c.1817-1825.
The cup measures 12cm (4 3/4") rim to handle, 9.5cm (3 3/4") rim to rim and 6cm (2 3/8") high. The saucer measures 14cm (5 1/2") wide and 2.2cm (7/8") high.
Condition is excellent with no damage or restoration and minimal surface wear.
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