A Samuel Gilbody of Liverpool porcelain small mug or coffee can with a flattened round loop handle and a flat unglazed base. Painted in famille rose colors with stylized peonies and a prunus bough issuing from a jardiniere. There are sacred Chinese scrolls and a larger peony spray to the right. The interior of the rim has a diaper border with prunus blossoms.
A similar mug was sold during the Watney Collection auctions, and the pattern is also illustrated in the Gilbody section in "Liverpool Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century" by Bernard Watney. The can offered here has a Roderick Jellicoe label on the base.
This wonderful piece is 2 1/2 inches tall and 2 1/4 inches in diameter. The condition is superb, with bright, vivid enamels and no chips, cracks, restoration, or scratches.
Note: The Samuel Gilbody factory was in business only from 1754 to 1761 and its wares are the rarest of any of the Liverpool factories. The body is phosphatic, and of high quality. The paste and glaze are unlike any other Liverpool porcelain.