Paragon was one of the leading china producers in the 1920s and 1930s, famous for their original Art deco designs. After the war, general taste changed and people wanted more traditional teaware. Paragon then became a leader in creating beautiful bell-shaped teacups with flower and mandala patterns. This is one of those very gracious cups, looking very lavish yet modest. It was made some time between 1957 and 1969. The pattern is a rare mandala-shaped patter in beautiful muted blue, maroon and grey, with lots of finely applied gilt. What’s not to love about this beautiful cup? Is it inspired by Indian art? Persian perhaps? You can find the listing here in my Vintage shop.