This is a beautiful teacup quartet made by Shelley in or shortly after 1926. The set is made in the famous Queen Anne shape and it has the "Peaches and Grapes" pattern. It consists of a teacup, a saucer, a side plate and a large serving plate for cake or sandwiches.

 

I have one more trio and a bowl available, please see separate listings.

 

Shelley (previously called Wileman and sometimes called Late Foley) was one of the most respected manufacturers of fine bone china tea sets in the late 19th and early 20th Century, and many of their products are now collector's items. They made many different shapes of cups and the Queen Anne shape is one of the most sought after shapes with its peculiar octagonal shape and extremely fine bone china.

 

This set is a beautiful example of the Art Deco style, which started in the mid-1920s and lasted until the Second World War. It is a style that was refreshing, modern and elegant, doing away with the stuffy tradition of the previous decades.

 

The Peaches and Grapes pattern was registered in 1926 and is a beautiful Art Deco image in stylish black, purple and yellow colours. Strikingly, there is no gilt in this design, making it look very modern. The Queen Anne shape is exceptionally elegant but it is very prone to cracks, so it is very rare to find a set without any damage.

 

The items are marked with the green Shelley mark and the pattern number, 11498.

 

CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent antique condition without any damage, repairs or crazing and hardly any wear. There are some stray paint marks from production. There is a tiny little chip on the underside of the side plate just inside one of the lobed corners; this seems to be a little production fault rather than damage.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s and early 1900s, 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 but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration 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 easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS (diameters) teacup 8.7cm (3.5"); saucer 14.5cm (5.75"); side plate 18cm (7"); cake plate measures 24cm (9.5") X 20.5cm (8") including handles.

 

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.

Shelley Art Deco teacup quartet, Peaches & Grapes patt. 11498 on Queen

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