Late Victorian China Tea Service - 18 Pieces
In the middle of the 19th century, Japan started trading again with the west. At this time, all Japanese decoration started to become fashionable. One of our Leading china companies, Crown Derby, introduced a design called Imari, this proved to be very popular and almost every Staffordshire pottery manufacturer produced thier version of the Imari design, this continued to be produced for the next 60 years.
This tea service is a typical design from Staffordshire of the Imari style, each piece was transfer printed with an outline of the design, and was then hand painted, and finished with a gilded line. Most houses during this time would have an Imari tea service, and for the humble house, this would be their prized posession, only used for special occasions and " Sunday best." Each piece is marked with a registration number for 1902. This service comprises of 6 tea cups, 6 saucers and 6 tea plates.
The service is in good condition with no chips or cracks to any of the pieces.
Tea cup is 9cm diameter and 6.5cm high
Tea plate is 18cm diameter