The company became famous for its interesting designs in the 19th Century Aesthetic Movement and 20th Century Art Deco. This set is in the Aesthetic Movement style and I have seen cups in this series from as early as the 1870s.
Designers in this movement rebelled against the meaningless ornaments of Victorian design and the traditional shapes. The movement is like a breath of fresh air: lines are clean, designs very cool and interesting. But most importantly, flowers and animals stopped being ornaments and were upgraded to being deserving subjects of each piece of art.
As you look at them, you become them; they don't just sit around to adorn our household items; they are going about their business. These cheerful wreaths of little campanula flowers are bright and certainly the one and only theme of the cup, although the cup itself is interesting in the way it was potted: it has a nice fluted surface reminding you of the famous "Paris Fluted" designs that were done early in the 19th Century by Swansea and Wedgwood. CONDITION REPORT The set is in good antique condition with some signs of age, but it is fully usable. The cup and saucer are finely crazed, which is visible on some of the pictures.
The saucer has a thin short hairline coming off the rim, as well as a short surface hairline in the well, which does not go through the body (see the last two pictures). The cup does not have damage but has a few very faint crazing discolouration on the inside - these are too weak to capture in a picture. Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition.
They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account. There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.
A nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures! DIMENSIONS teacup 5.5cm (2 1/4") high, 5cm (2") diameter at rim; saucer 11.5cm (4.5) diameter.
The item "George Jones demitasse cup and saucer, Aesthetic Movement 1893-1924" is in sale since Wednesday, May 12, 2021. This item is in the category "Pottery, Porcelain & Glass\Date-Lined Ceramics\Art Nouveau/ 1890s-1919". The seller is "rattlethecups" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.