This is a very stunning tea and coffee service made by the Crown Derby Porcelain Company some time between 1806 and 1825 - judging from the colour and feel of the porcelain, most likely around 1810. The service consists of a teapot with stand, a lidded sucrier, a milk jug, five teacups and saucers, two coffee cans and saucers, a slop bowl and two large deep plates.


The service was made by the Crown Derby Porcelain Company, later called Royal Crown Derby and currently the oldest British porcelain factory still in production. Crown Derby was one of the most prominent potteries right from the start of English porcelain production in the mid 1700s to today. Their items are of exceptionally high quality and many of the designs have become iconic, particularly the Imari designs; many of these are still being made today. The marking at the bottom of the items indicates that the service was produced some time between 1806 and 1825. 


It is quite rare to find a whole service in good condition, and the most difficult to find is a teapot without any damage. This is such a service, and although there are some faults to other items, the teapot is in perfect condition.


The pattern of this service is a beautiful Imari pattern called "Japan". It depicts a garden with lush vegetation and the typical fences, painted freely from the hand in red, bright green, cobalt blue and gilt. This pattern has become iconic and has been re-made in many different versions for many years. This early original version has a beautiful spontaneous and bright quality. This set would be fabulous both for display and for (careful) use.


The porcelain looks like it is from the early years of bone china; it is a bit greyish and has blemishes, pointing to an early date when kilns were still imprecise and the recipe of the porcelain not perfected.


CONDITION REPORT This set is in excellent condition with only a few faults. The pattern and the gilt is generally in good condition, with some scratches and light rubbing here and there. Most of the porcelain is still white although some items have yellowed on the inside, which is visible on the pictures if you look well. The teapot is perfect; the teapot stand has a break that has been professionally repaired and you can't see this at all when in position. The lidded sucrier is in perfect condition. The milk jug handle has been broken and was reattached neatly; it also has some stress marks on the inside of the mouth, which occurred during firing and are quite common for items of this period. The slop bowl is perfect. Two of the teacups have slight production marks coming off the rim. Some of the cups have yellowed a bit on the inside. Some items still ring clearly when tapped, while others sound more dull, although this early china does not craze visibly there must be a process of crazing that is invisible with the naked eye. None of the saucers or plates are cracked, and there are no chips on any of the items. Overall the whole set looks stunning and is good for use.


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 Teapot measures 29.5cm (11 3/4") from handle to spout and stands 15cm (6") high incl. finial; sucrier measures 17cm (6 3/4") between the handles and stands 15cm (6") high incl. finial; milk jug measures 15cm (6") from handle to mouth and stands 13.5cm (5 1/4") high; teacup 8.2cm (3 1/4") diameter; coffee cup 6.4cm (2.5") diameter; saucer 14cm (5.5") diameter; cake plate 21cm (8 1/4") 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.

Stunning tea service, Crown Derby "Japan" ca 1815

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