Bute cups in pottery or earthenware


A number of largely unknown makers produced bute shaped cups in bodies other than porcelain. These examples are grouped by handle shapes (simple loop, Spode style, Ridgway style, square and ring). Some well-known makers also produced pottery cups (eg Wedgwood and Davenport).

Simple loop handles
Davenport pottery cup with a simple "loop" handle. Decoration is underglaze blue transfer coloured with overglaze enamels. It is marked Davenport in a blue transfer on the base. ca 1840. (aj075, h62.1, w85.5, b40.7 handle: h16, v33.1, w8.6)  See Davenport page
A pottery cup with a simple "loop" handle, extruded rather than moulded. Even wall thickness with flat bottom inside. Decoration is red transfer coloured with overglaze enamels.  Possibly Don pottery. (aj066, h55.2, w83.6, b40.1 (45.2) handle: h17.9 (23.3), v30.2, w7.6, 7.5, t5.1) 
A pottery cup with a simple "loop" handle, extruded rather than moulded. Even wall thickness with flat bottom inside.. Decoration is black transfer.  Possibly Don pottery. (aj549, h57.1, w87.2, b46.3 (49.4) handle: h15.5 (21.8), v30.6, w7.9, 7.7, t5.1) 
Wedgwood large pottery breakfast cup with a simple "loop" handle, strap-like with a groove along each outer edge, which smooths into the surface of the cup. WEDGWOOD impressed  on the base. Hand painted over transfer outside and inside on flat bottom of cup. ?Pearlware  with minimal orange translucency. (aj349, h63.6, w98.6, b46.2 handle: h19.1 (23.0), v35.7, w10.9, 8.0) See Wedgwood page
A toy cup with simple loop handle with trefoil top and bottom attachments. "Wild Rose" border around top inside.   (aj398, h40.8, w63.7, b29.8 (33) handle: h13.2 (18.1), v26.3,  w6.7, 6.6)
 "Spode" style handle
Wedgwood  pottery  cup with a "loop" handle of the Spode type. Hand painted over transfer outside and inside on flat bottom of cup. Impressed WEDGWOOD on base. (a063, h51.8, w79.4, b38.3 (40.9), handle: v29.1, h20.3, w6.6, 5.2, t3.9)
A cup with a loop handle with a single kick and squareish top and bottom attachments.   (aj270, h62.1, w86.7, b41.9 (46.6) handle: h16.1 (21.4), v31.6,  w10.1, 8.1)
 Ridgway style handles
A cup with a Ridgway style  handle with a single kick and pointed attachments. Even wall thickness and crazed glaze. printed pattern with hand painting.  (aj065, h60.6, w87.5, b43.2 (47.1) handle: h13.8 (19.7), v24.5,  w8.7, 5.9, t5.8)
 Square handles
A cup with a square handle, rounded in section, with no top flange and rounded lower attachment. Cartouche mark "Semi-China"  on cup base (h15mm).  (aj303, h55.1, w80.6, b37 (41.5) handle: h14.5, v24.3,  w8.2, 5.5, t5.2)
A cup with a square handle, rectangular in section, with no top flange and pointed lower attachment.   (aj367, h56, w84.8, b42.7 (45.5) handle: h15.4 (21.2), v26.4,  w10.9, 7, t4.1)
 "Ring"  handle
A cup with a ring handle with small thumb rest on top, flattened in section, with  oval lower attachment. Fine gray transfer decoration with careful hand painting. Trevor Kentish suggests pattern could be GM & CJ Mason (see plate 140 in Skinner and Young, 1992).  (aj555, h59.2, w84.4, b38.4 (43.6) handle: h13.8 (20.8), v15.8,  w8.2, 7.8, t4)
A cup with a ring handle with small thumb rest, flattened in section, with  rounded lower attachment. Blue transfer decoration.  See plate 749 in Berthoud (1990) for coffee can with similar handle attributed to Toft and May. (aj565, h53.8, w81.1, b40.5 (45.4) handle: h14.2 (21.3), v16.9,  w10, 8.1, t4.2)
A cup with a ring handle applied to the cup along its edge. Blue transfer decoration.  (aj295, h58, w84.3, b45.1 (49) handle: h(23.4), v20.3,  w9.6)

References:

Skinner, D S and Young, V (1992) "Miles Mason Porcelain" City Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley.

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