Aesthetic Brown Transferware Teacup and Saucer Empress Victorian Pottery Staffordshire China England Scrolls & Vines


Brand G L Ashworth & Brothers


For consideration is this antique c/s set by G L Ashworth & Brothers of Hanley, North Staffordshire England in the delicate Empress pattern. This gorgeous Aesthetic Movement pair dates to the later part of the 1800's. The transfer of flowing scrolls intertwined with leaves and stylized flowers wraps around the cup from one side of the handle to the other. The same pattern is shown as a small medallion on the center of the saucer and makes up its border as well. Ashworth later became part of the Masons group of potters.(1968)

Measures: Saucer is 6" and a little less than 1" deep. It is almost like a shallow bowl, which is often the case with some of the very old, true antique, pieces. The up is 4.25" handle to opposite side of rim and has a simple, yet lovely shape and nice feel in the hand.

Condition: Crazing, commensurate with age, is present. Overall condition is very nice. I do have several of these and please note that one or two have small flaws done during has a bit of a smeared transfer, one a small nick at the foot of the cup that was glazed over. One has a little bitty fleabite at the rim, also glazed over. One or two have tiny nicks at the footrim and one or two have some browning mostly inside the cup. This is common of antique pieces and none of these are distracting but in case you get one with something like this, you'll know why!

If you'd like to read more about the Aesthetic Movement in particular, please see this blog post: