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Cup & saucer

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Jasper & bloodstone, cut & polished using abrasives, most probably fashioned by turning on a bow-driven lathe

  • Museum number:

    01389(IS) to 01389A/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cup and saucer would have been made primarily as an ornament rather than for use. Jasper is a tough and durable material similar to its close relative, agate. However, when worked to give fine edges or thicknesses, the material may easily be chipped or cracked when knocked and it may also be heat-sensitive, depending upon the exact composition of the stone.
The cup and saucer were made in India in the 19th century, with most of the fashioning process being a combination of hand-working and turning on a bow-driven lathe.

Physical description

A round cup and saucer fashioned in bloodstone with beige and red patches, with plain polished surfaces and with each standing on a short recessed foot with rim.

Place of Origin

India (made)


c. 1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Jasper & bloodstone, cut & polished using abrasives, most probably fashioned by turning on a bow-driven lathe


Diameter: 68.0 to 68.3 mm Cup (01389(IS)), Height: 35.6 mm Cup (01389(IS)), Thickness: 1.5 to 2.0 mm Cup (01389(IS)), Depth: 29.2 mm Cup (01389(IS)), Diameter: 24.7 to 25.1 mm Cup (01389(IS)), Depth: 3.25 mm Cup (01389(IS)), Diameter: 104.7 to 105.3 mm Saucer (01389A/(IS)), Height: 18.0 to 19.0 mm Saucer (01389A/(IS)), Thickness: 1.2 to 2.3 mm Saucer (01389A/(IS)), Depth: 13.4 mm Saucer (01389A/(IS)), Diameter: 40.3 to 41.0 mm Saucer (01389A/(IS)), Depth: 1.5 mm Saucer (01389A/(IS))

Object history note

These objects were formerly in The India Museum in London and were then transferred to the South Kensington Museum (later renamed The Victoria & Albert Museum) in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Room 8. Case .] '01,389. CUP and saucer. Bloodstone. ?51'

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer, each having a short recessed foot with rim, jasper and bloodstone, India, c.1850


Bloodstone; Jasper


Drinking; Food vessels & Tableware; Gemstones; Hardstone; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


South & South East Asia Collection

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