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This is beautiful teacup and saucer made by New Hall around the year 1810. The set is in decorated in the sophisticated Neoclassical style of the Regency era.

 

We also have an entire tea service in the same pattern available, please see separate listing.

 

The New Hall factory started as a cooperative of several Staffordshire potters making use of the porcelain license of Bristol Porcelain Company after this went in demise. It quickly grew out to be a leading porcelain maker, and the first to make true porcelain in Staffordshire. New Hall is mostly known for its huge output of its typical "hybrid hard paste" porcelain, as New Hall had adapted the original hard paste recipe from Bristol in order to save on production costs - a frugal Staffordshire improvement on the first hard paste porcelain recipes, which were quite difficult and expensive to produce. Once Josiah Spode had standardised bone china this quickly became the standard. New Hall was late to take up bone china but after 1814 they made it their main output, and they made some very high quality items.

 

This set is made in this typical "hybrid hard paste" porcelain, as New Hall had adapted the original hard paste recipe from Bristol (formerly Plymouth), but adapted it slightly in order to save on production costs. You can tell this by the way the porcelain is less milky than bone china. As this hybrid porcelain was slightly cheaper to make and very popular among customers who were used to the more stony Chinese Export porcelain, New Hall was a late adapter of bone china, which was already used by most other factories around the time this set was made.

 

The decoration on this set is pattern 555, which consists of deep cobalt blue bands decorated with very elegant abstract Regency-type patterns in gilt. 

 

CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent antique condition without any damage, repairs or crazing, just some wear as visible in the pictures. There are some production imperfections in the glaze.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description