Vintage Portmeirion Malachite Set Of Six Espresso Cups And Saucers Designed By Susan Williams-Ellis, Very Rare!!
This fabulous set of six cups and saucers is a lovely rare find. This is a chance to buy an original set of matching cups and saucers, fully backstamped with the Portmeirion Malachite backstamp.
It is so unusual to get a set of these that hasn't been split up or broken over time. One of the cups has a small hairline which is hardly vivible and we have done our best to get it to show up in the photographs.
2.25 in (5.5 cm) diam
2 (5 cm) tall
4.5 in (11.5 cm) diam
This sumptuous and exotic Malachite range was designed by Susan Williams-Ellis in 1959 after she had spent time studying the semi-precious mineral in the Natural History Museum in London. She also applied her opulent design to carpets and textiles that were produced and used in her father's hotel in Portmeirion. Those same items along with her complete range of amazing Malachite pottery, including the extraordinary tureen and goblets were officially launched in her Pont Street Portmeirion shop, London on 10th May 1960. Susan's hand painted Malachite pattern was produced as sheet transfers and applied over the whole of the items. They were then heavily gilded with gold lustre where the transfers were tricky to apply satisfactorily. This range was incredibly labour intensive, very expensive to produce and meant for cabinet displays rather than usable items and was not produced for very long, making it one of THE pieces a collector searches for!