This is a beautiful part tea service made by Minton in 1828 during the Rococo Revival period. The set consists of a teapot and stand, sucrier, slop bowl and a teacup and saucer.


Minton was one of the pioneers of English china production alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport, Ridgway, Coalport and others. They were located in Staffordshire and were known specifically for their wonderfully fine white bone china and bright colours; there is a colour called "Minton Blue" which is a fresh azure blue that Minton excelled in. Minton supplied huge quantities of tablewares, tiles, and other items to the USA in the 19th Century; the White House has always been supplied with Minton crockery and many great buildings of this era were tiled with Minton tiles.


This service is made of the famous "Felspar" porcelain, which was a new invention from the year 1800 and was much used by makers such as Minton and Spode. It was shaped in the "G" or "Berlin Embossed" shape (Minton named many of its iconic shapes by the letters of the alphabet). It is a beautiful vine-embossed fluted shape with flower finials and handles in the shape of entwined vines. The decoration is a fine transfer print of grapes, peaches, strawberries and pears (and one little fly!) in fresh blue. The items are lined with little flowered vines. Blue was Minton's signature colour, as well as the extreme whiteness and translucency of the porcelain, which was among the highest quality porcelain of its time. The set breathes the freshness of a summer afternoon tea taken in the shade, with plenty of juicy fruits, cucumber sandwiches and cold lemonade at hand.


All items are marked with a printed "Felspar Porcelain" mark, carrying both the pattern number 288 and the famous "M" for Minton.


This tea service would look stunning as a display, but it is still excellent for use and therefore would make a fabulous gift or addition to your own home. I thoroughly clean and test all teapots in the shop and this service is safe to use.


CONDITION REPORT The set is in fair antique condition. It has had very little wear (the gilding is virtually unrubbed) and the porcelain is bright white. There are however a few areas of damage to report. The spout of the teapot has had a professional repair and a small chip on the inner rim that the lid rests on has been filled in as well. The finial of the lid on the sucrier has also had a professional repair. Of these three areas, the epoxy and gilding look a little duller than elsewhere. The teacup has a crack down the side and a small chip on the point of impact on the rim. The teapot stand has a small chip off the underside of the rim and a 2" crack coming off the rim. Neither of these stand out when in position. The teapot, sucrier, bowl and saucer ring brightly when tapped, the teapot stand and teacup less so although they are not completely dull; this points to the fact that there is no hidden crazing and existing cracks have not destroyed the integrity of the items.


The set looks fabulous as display and can probably still be used, if handled carefully and repaired items are kept away from long exposure to water (when doing the dishes) as this could loosen the epoxy.


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 15cm (5 7/8") high incl. finial and measures 26cm (10.5") from handle to spout; teapot stand 20.3cm (8") diameter; sucrier stands 14cm (5.5") high incl. finial and measures 18cm (7 1/8") from handle to handle; bowl 7.2cm (6 3/4")diameter; teacup 8cm (3 1/8") diameter; saucer 14.3cm (5 5/8") diameter.


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.


As this set is quite large and valuable, I may choose to ship it in two separate boxes both to split the weight (which helps to protect the contents) and deal with import taxes. Insurance is included in the price quoted.


PAYPAL ISSUES? Some countries have banned PayPal or are not signed up for it. If this affects you, please get in touch with me as I can take your credit details directly to complete a transaction.

Part tea service, Rococo period, Berlin Embossed Minton 1828

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