Bone China Pear Shaped Tea Service Printed Grape Vine Lilac Antique c 1855
A very attractive antique English porcelain (bone china) part tea set comprising teapot, sucrier, milk jug, slop basin and bread and butter plate. This lovely set dates from around 1855 and has a lovely shape known as footed pear shape. This antique part tea set from the mid 19th century during the Victorian period.
The teapot milk jug and sucrier all have moulded bases and stand on six equally spaced scroll feet. They have ornate complex handles with thumb rests and high domed lids with loop finials on the teapot and sucrier. The set has a transfer printed design in pale purple or lilac. The pattern features a grapevine with bunches of grapes. There are no marks to identify a maker, as is often the case with porcelain from this period, and we have been unable to attribute it to a particular factory.
The shape of the teapot is however similar to plate 2039 page 340 of A Directory of British Teapots, by Michael Berthoud and Richard Maskell. The teapot referenced is made by Sampson Bridgwood and Sons, of Longton Staffordshire England. Both the one listed here and the referenced one have a number of similarities including a short inverted L shape lid retaining lug.
The teapot stands 8 inches high and a maximum of 9 1/2 inches wide. The plate has a diameter of 9 1/2 inches. Together the set weighs 2.65 kg unpacked and it is in good condition for its age with just a broken and glued handle to the sucrier, a small chip to the rim of the plate and a tiny chip to the spout of the teapot. Please see the images.
This is a great item for any collector of English 19th century tea sets or Victorian Bone China tableware.
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