Minton Bute shape cup, c.1810

This bone china Bute shape tea cup is decorated with two-tone blue flowers, puce tendrils, gilt foliage and bands. Measuring 2.25 inches high with an opening of 3.25 inches, it was made by Minton in Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England, in the early 1800s. The Minton mark and pattern number 76 is handwritten in blue on the underside.

When this delicate cup slipped from the hands of a previous owner, unusual symmetrical breaks resulted. It was most likely reassembled by an itinerant china mender in the 1800s who used nine brass staples to put the four porcelain puzzle pieces back in place. The integration of the staples, along with the existing floral motif, create an unexpected and exciting new pattern.








This tea cup with matching saucer is shown without staples.

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5 Responses to “Minton Bute shape cup, c.1810”

  1. The extent in which people have gone to repair these pieces is phenomenal!

  2. Erin-Marie says:

    The ‘New’ pattern is really lovely.

  3. Deanna says:

    Is the repair so tight that the repaired cup holds the liquid or does it leak?

  4. Yes, the staple repair on this cup are water tight. Remarkable!

  5. duncan says:

    Just for information – the markings show a production date after c1805 and before c1816. It’s a nice pattern, strangely enhanced by those staples…

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