This is spectacular full tea service made by New Hall around the year 1810. The service consists of a teapot on a stand, lidded sucrier, milk jug, ten teacups and saucers, ten coffee cans, two large cake plates of different sizes, and a slop bowl.


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.


This service is made in the typical "hybrid hard paste" porcelain, as New Hall had adapted the original hard paste recipe from Bristol in order to save on production costs. You can tell this by the wonderful greyish yet slightly translucent colour of the porcelain.


The teapot and sucrier are of a rare shape: the finials on the lids are in the shape of a fleur de lys rather than the usual flat round knob, and the sucrier has no handles. New Hall made only few items in this shape so it is quite rare to come across it.


The decoration on this service is the famous pattern 446, often called "Imari Vine", with beautifully painted weeping willows in cobalt blue, red, gilt and a periwinkle/puce colour. It is clear that the entire service was painted by the same hand, so the set has most probably always been together.


CONDITION REPORT The service is in fantastic condition with only a few minor flaws, which are listed here: two of the saucers have very small chips off the rim; the teapot has an old but stable star crack in the bottom (see last picture) - it has been tested for its ability to hold hot water and this was fine; the sucrier has a faint star crack in one side (see picture) and a faint line in the other, neither of which are very obvious from the outside; and two teacups have crazing in the bottom. Other than this and some slight rubbing here and there, the set is in perfect condition and every item is entirely usable - although these old items should of course only be used with extreme care.


Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles, and the odd firing crack. This set is made of very early porcelain and therefore has some black and brown specks that occurred during the second firing, and you will see some firing cracks around the rim of the teapot.


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 teapot measures 26cm (10 1/4") from handle to spout and stands 16cm (6 1/4") incl. finial: stand 17 X 14cm (6 3/4" X 5.5"); sucrier 14cm (5.5") wide and stands 11cm (4 1/4") incl. finial; milk jug 14cm (5.5") from mouth to handle and stands 8cm (3 1/8") high; teacup 8.5cm (3.5") diameter; coffee cup 7cm (2 3/4") diameter; saucer 13.5cm (5 1/4"); cake plates 20cm (8") and 21.5cm (8.5"); slop bowl 15.5cm (6 1/8") diameter and 7.5cm (3") high.


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.

Spectacular full tea service, Imari Vine, New Hall ca 1810

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