This is a spectacular large pink tea and coffee set produced by Flight Barr & Barr between 1815 and 1820. The set consists of 5 teacups with saucers, 6 coffee cups with saucers, 2 cake plates and a slop bowl.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PICTURE SHOWS THE ORIGINAL FULL SET, SOME OF THE ITEMS OF WHICH HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD.
The items are all for sale individually, so if you are interested in owning the whole set, please act quickly and let me know, before various items have already gone! Please do not buy both this listing and any of the individual listings; this listing forms the sum of all the parts for sale (which are currently not all listed here).
Flight Barr & Barr was the continuation of the famous Worcester Porcelain Company. The factory went through various partnerships before being turned into the Royal Worcester that became very famous in the late 19th and 20th Centuries. During this era they were among the leaders of china production, producing exceptionally finely painted and sculpted forms.
The items in this set have beautiful shapes with gadrooned rims. The ground colour is overglaze pink, which was a rare and expensive colour as it was very difficult to fire. The cups have wonderful worked handles, which are typical for Flight Barr & Barr. The gilding is superb; very finely done with a very slight effect of relief. There are no hand painted flowers but between the bright pink colour and the wonderful gilding, there is much to admire and this would have been a very expensive set.
The items have the imprinted FBB mark with the typical crown over the letters.
CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent antique condition without any crazing, discolouration or repairs. There are a few minor flaws but the entire set looks stunning and is entirely good for use. There are several saucers with small chips, and one teacup has a chip off the rim. The pink overglaze colour is rubbed here and there, and there is some slight rubbing to the gilt; generally very light except one of the coffee cups, which has more heavy rubbing. There are no cracks anywhere and the whole set is safe to use.
Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. This set is very smooth but you might see some of these specks.
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. If they are from the 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. 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 (diameter): teacup 9.5cm (3 3/4"); coffee cup 8.5cm (3 3/8"), saucer 15.5cm (6 1/8"); cake plate 25cm (9 3/4"); slop bowl 19cm (7.5").
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.
Flight Barr & Barr tea and coffee set, pink gadrooned, 1815-1820
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