This is a very stunning breakfast set (also called Tête à Tête) made by the Crown Derby Porcelain Company some time between 1782 and 1800. The set consists of a teapot with stand, a lidded sucrier, a milk jug, two tea bowls, two coffee cups, two saucers and a cake plate. The set is in almost pristine condition, which is incredibly care.


This set would make a perfect wedding gift!


The service was made by the Crown Derby Porcelain Company, later called Royal Crown Derby and currently the oldest British porcelain factory still in production. Crown Derby was one of the most prominent potteries right from the start of English porcelain production in the mid 1700s to today. Their items are of exceptionally high quality and many of the designs have become iconic, particularly the Imari designs; many of these are still being made today. The marking at the bottom of the items indicates that the service was produced some time between 1782 and 1800.


It is quite rare to find a whole set in good condition, and the most difficult to find is a teapot without any damage. This is such a set, and you won't find this often!


The set is potted in beautiful early porcelain - this is from the period that Derby started adding bone ash to its recipe so there might be some in it, but it is not as white and light as the later "bone china" that is now the standard all over the world. The set is beautifully shaped in a ribbed fashion, with wonderful gilded rings as the finials for the teapot and sucrier lids. The only decoration is a modest band of blue and gilt that is slightly raised (or tooled), giving it a bit of a French feeling. This set is extraordinarily sophisticated and would make a perfect wedding gift.


CONDITION REPORT This set is in almost perfect condition. The only damage is a star crack to the bottom of the sucrier, which is stable and is not visible when in position. As the sucrier will never hold hot substances, it shouldn't be a problem to use it. There is slight rubbing to some of the items. There are no further chips or cracks, nor repairs, and as this is quite early porcelain, there is no crazing.


Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.


There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!


DIMENSIONS Teapot stands 17cm (6 3/4") high and measures 23cm (9") from handle to spout; stand is 13.5cm (5 1/4") by 12.5cm (5"): tea bowl 8.5cm (3 1/4") diameter and 5cm (2") high; coffeecup 6.5cm (2.5") diameter and 7cm (2 3/4") high; saucer 8.5cm (3 1/4"); cake plate 20cm (7 3/4"); sucrier stands 12.5cm (5") high and is 13.5cm (5 1/4") diameter; milk jug stands 7cm (2 3/4") high and measures 13cm (5") from mouth to handle.


SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Crown Derby breakfast set, white ribbed, 1782-1800

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    We always aim to have happy customers so if you have an issue with or questions about your item, please contact us and we will do anything we can to resolve the issue with you! 

Covid-19 - we are open for business! 

We can ship normally to most destinations, but some are currently closed.

For the time being we have had to raise shipping prices as shippers are now charging more.

As we are living under lock down and can't always reach our stock, lead times will be a little longer than usual.

For now, please bear with us as we do our best to get your parcels to you as quickly as we can! 

If needed we are happy to hold your parcel for you until the end of the pandemic.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss and thank you for your business - it is a vital support for our business! 🙏

Due to COVID quarantine we may have a delay in shipping some items, but please feel free to shop and order! Most small items can be shipped without delay, but larger items may be shipped after 5 October. Thank you for your patience!

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