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Cup and saucer
  • Cup and saucer
    Billingsley, William, born 1758 - died 1828
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Cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Torksey (made)
    Brampton (made)

  • Date:

    1802-1808 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Billingsley, William, born 1758 - died 1828 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    porcelain, lead-glazed and painted

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Stringer family in memory of R. J. Charleston

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cup and saucer was made at the Brampton pottery in Torksey, Lincolnshire, between 1802-08, when the ceramic artist, and porcelain manufacturer, William Billingsley was involved with the firm. The Japanese style Imari decoration relates closely pattern No. 355 in use by the Pinxton factory, Nottingham, where Billingsley previously worked. Of the two Brampton ceramics in the V&A collection, a chocolate cup and saucer (C.437&A-1920) is the only other known example with this pattern.

Physical description

Cup with handle and saucer, lead-glazed porcelain, painted in polychrome patterns in the Japanese style.

Place of Origin

Torksey (made)
Brampton (made)


1802-1808 (made)


Billingsley, William, born 1758 - died 1828 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

porcelain, lead-glazed and painted


Diameter: 16.8 cm saucer, Height: 3.6 cm saucer, Width: 13.6 cm cup, Height: 5.8 cm cup

Object history note

From the private collection of Robert J. Charleston (1916-1994), Former Keeper of Ceramics & Glass at the V&A.

Descriptive line

Breakfast cup, lead-glazed porcelain, painted, made by William Billingsley at the Brampton pottery in Torksey, Lincolnshire, 1802-08.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Published: Charleston R.J. and Donald Towner, English Ceramics 1580 – 1830: A Commemorative Catalogue, English Ceramics Circle , London, 1977. Fig.220
Noel Boothroyd , W(***) Part 2: A Fresh Look at Pinxton, Mansfield & Torksey, NCS Newsletter, No. 125, March 2002. pp.12-17. Fig.4.




Glazed; Painted




Ceramics Collection

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