Mar 27, 2014 - Sale 2342

Sale 2342 - Lot 11

Price Realized: $ 2,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
A FLAWLESS EXAMPLE (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) [BARBAULD, ANNA LAETITIA]. "Negro Woman who Sittest Pining in Captivity, and Weepest over thy Sick Child: tho' no one seeth thee, God seeth thee." White porcelain tea cup and saucer, with two transfers of a Negro woman, with her child on her lap; and another transfer, slightly larger on the saucer. Saucer 5-3/4 inches in diameter, the teacup, 2-3/4 inches high; the handle attached with "leaves" gold trimming to both pieces. a flawless example [England, circa 1800-1830's]

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A superb example of this rare anti-slavery teacup. The quote is from Anna Laetitia Barbauld's "Hymns in Prose for Children," number VIII, pages 53-63. (London: J. Johnson, 1781). The anti-slavery sentiment in Great Britain reached a peak in the final decades of the 18th century with all manner of objects appearing at the "Fairs." Cups and saucers, ewers, pillows, handbags and anti-maccassars being among the favorites. Teacups helped remind young ladies and gentlemen NOT to use Demerara (West India) sugar.