This is a super charming fairing of a cats' tea party, called "Five O'Clock Tea". A fairing was a little prize that you could win on a fair, and these porcelain fairings were very popular in the 19th and early 20th Century.

 

This figure would make a wonderful gift for a cat lover!

 

The fairing is made of cheap hard paste porcelain, probably produced in Germany but obviously made for the British market - who else would expect the cats to have tea at five o'clock? It is a very charming group of a grown cat and her kittens having tea, the kittens either waiting patiently for their share or pouring out the tea (or sticking their paws into it?). This may be kitsch, but you cannot help but love it, as it was actually made with great skill and humanity!

 

CONDITION REPORT The figure is in excellent antique condition without any damage, repairs, crazing or wear.

 

DIMENSIONS height 12.5cm (5"), width 5.5 (3.75"), depth 7.5cm (3").

 

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.

 

Fairing, "Five O'clock Tea" cats' tea party, 19th C

SKU: A-ANO37
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