A Victorian cabaret set, so very desired - Wileman 1893

When it comes to fine bone china antiques, one of the most desired items from Victorian times is a cabaret set. It usually is a tray with four small cups, a teapot and a milk jug and sugar bowl. Cabaret sets could be carried around easily – good for breakfast in bed or a leasurely evening or afternoon in the drawing room. “Cabaret” is a term used for entertainment in an enclosed environment such as a club or a drawing room – I guess the kind of event where the butler tip-toes around to serve tea! This beautiful set was made by Charles Wileman in 1893 and is in fabulous condition, which is really rare. It is not for sale anymore – a lucky person snapped it up as soon as I put it online… and h

Buttercups the Chinese way - Wileman 1893

In the year 1893, Wileman hired a new artistic director and this resulted in a huge output of new designs (have you noticed? Many of the items I feature are from that year). This teacup trio is in the beautiful Empire shape with a very interesting design. It looks like the style is Chinese like the Chinese export teaware of a century earlier, but if you looks well you can see that the flowers used are very humble English buttercups! These are little flowers you find by the roadside this time of year – I went for a hike last weekend and saw thousands of them showing their little yellow faces in the grass. This pattern is rare – I had never seen it before so I was excited to get one for the sh

Pristinely white Tea for Two - Wileman 1889

Sometimes it takes me a while to collect a set of matching items. I am proud to offer this little teapot from 1889 with two matching demitasse cups. It was made by Charles Wileman in 1889 in the famous and slightly bizarre “Alexandra” shape – but did you know these cups drink really well as they have been designed perfectly? It would originally have belonged to a cabaret set, which is a set of four cups and a teapot on a large tray, including a milk jug and sugar bowl. These items lost their siblings but they are gorgeous together. Pristine white, in fabulous condition and without any staining, this set is still good for use!

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