This is a stunning set of a "true trio" and a little sugar bowl, made by an unknown maker around the year 1825. A "true trio" consists of a teacup and coffee cup sharing one saucer - as you would never drink tea and coffee at the same time, would you? This set also has a little sugar bowl, which is quite unusual for that period.


There were many potteries in Staffordshire in the early 19th Century and many imitated each other. Some left pattern books behind, some had clear numbering systems - others didn't and this set is one of the many from a maker that has not been identified. But this set is believed to be from what is called the "189 Factory". This was an unknown factory that has left behind one clearly identifiable set with pattern number, and many other unknown sets can be matched to that. As the pattern of this set is 297 and the shape is similar, it probably was made in that same unknown factory.


This is a very beautifully made set in a warm peach ground with gorgeous hand painted flowers and lavish gilding. The flowers have clearly been painted by a master painter and have great artistic freedom. And although they may seem like fantasy-flowers, they actually are all faithful depictions of flowers that you can find in any English summer garden.


The set is only marked with the pattern number 297.


CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent condition with only a bit of crazing in places (both cups and the bowl are crazed, the saucer is not), light rubbing (mostly on the bowl; the trio is hardly rubbed) and no damage. There is a firing fault on the outside of the bowl, which is quite normal for items of this era.


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 (diameters): teacup 9.5cm (3 3/4"), coffee cup 7.2cm (2 7/8"), saucer 15.5cm (6 1/8"), bowl 9cm (3.5").


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

Tea/coffee trio and bowl, stunning flowers, attr. "189 Factory" ca 1825

  • Your item will be shipped after receipt of funds, unless agreed otherwise in writing. 


    We will ship your items within a maximum of 2 working days after payment (usually quicker). We cannot be held responsible for delivery times once the item has been shipped as this is at the shipper's discretion and, in case of international delivery, can be subject to customs delays, weather, holidays and/or political instability.


    If your delivery failed to appear or was damaged in transit, please let us know as soon as possible and, in case of damage, provide us with pictures of the damaged item and/or packaging. Cut off dates for this are 14 days after shipping, or 2 days after a damaged delivery. We will need to comply with shippers' regulations in order to follow up the issue, but it is vital that you let us know what is wrong as soon as possible. We will do anything we can to follow up faulty deliveries but cannot be held responsible if we have not been notified within the required time period. 


    We always aim to have happy customers so if you have an issue with or questions about your item, please contact us and we will do anything we can to resolve the issue with you! 

  • Cancellations can only be accepted before the item has been shipped. Once an item has been shipped, the transaction cannot be cancelled anymore.

    Returns need to be requested within 2 days of receipt of the item and completed within 14 days from the date they have been agreed in writing.

    If you want to return an item because you changed your mind, you will be responsible for the return shipping. For international deliveries, this will need to be a fully tracked shipping mode. The item is expected to be received back in the same state it was sent - any damage due to insufficient packaging will be your responsibility. We will only pay for return shipping if we have mutually agreed that the item did not satisfy your expectations. A refund will be made immediately after receipt of the item.

    You are subject to the EU Consumers Rights Act, which protects your rights buying over the internet.


    We always aim to have happy customers so if you have an issue with or questions about your item, please contact us and we will do anything we can to resolve the issue with you! 

no VAT or duties for

🇪🇺 EU buyers! 🇪🇺

© 2021 by Gentle Rattle of China  

copyright on all images and text

  • Instagram Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Pinterest Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon