This is a stunning full tea service made by Coalport between 1830 and 1840. The set was made in the famous "Adelaide" shape and includes a wonderful "Duck Spout" teapot. Other than the teapot, the set consists of a teapot stand, a lidded sucrier, a milk jug, two cake plates, seven trios (each consisting of a teacup, a coffee cup and a saucer) and four teacups and saucers. The set is generally in good and perfectly usable condition although it has a bit of wear and quite a lot of crazing.


Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th Century, coming out with many innovative designs. The pottery emerged around the year 1800 in Shropshire, right on the edge of Staffordshire and near other great makers such as Spode, Minton, Davenport and many others. They went on to become a major potter in the 19th Century and brought out many iconic designs.


This set was made around the early Victorian period, which was the period of the Rococo Revival. The shape of this set is called "Adelaide", after the much-loved Queen Adelaide, wife of King William IV and beloved auntie of Queen Victoria, who succeeded William in 1837. Adelaide was known to be a good and amiable person who had a positive influence on her husband King William, who was known to be a difficult person who was not endowed with the necessary diplomatic skills for a King. She also was a loving aunt to Victoria, who had an otherwise rather loveless childhood.


Perhaps the most stunning part of the tea set is the teapot, which is of the very desired "duck spout" design, one of Coalport's most popular teapot designs. It was made in a time of great social change: the crippling Napoleonic wars were over, the country was being governed better after a period of a mentally ill King and hist testosterone-filled sons who governed as his Regents, and most importantly, a huge influx of money as the industrial revolution exploded. This teapot is an amazing display of humour and optimism. The duck is cheerful and smiling, in fact it looks like it is laughing out loud, its cheeks bellowing. These duck spouts also pour the tea wonderfully well. 


The pattern on this set is very simple without any hand painted flowers; this would have made the set relatively affordable. However, the grey colour is sophisticated and beautiful, and the gilt is in fabulous condition.


CONDITION REPORT The set is in generally good and perfectly usable condition with some minor issues. The teapot has a 2" crack coming off the rim, but this does not reach the body of the pot. You can see this crack in one of the pictures. The spout of the teapot is perfect. The teapot stand does not originally belong to this set and is extremely crazed - I left it with the set as an extra item. The sucrier and milk jug are perfect. Of the cups and saucers, the four teacup duos are perfect, and of the trios about 2/3 is crazed, some of it discoloured. One of the coffee cups has a crazing line running through the side, but it looks stable and usable. The two cake plates both have a crack running around the middle, see picture. There are no chips anywhere, and very little rubbing to the gilding. 


The items are unmarked, as was often the case with items of this period, but they have the hand painted pattern number 28/6. This number points to a much earlier pattern that was repeated on this later shape.


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): Teapot stands 21cm (8 1/4") high including the finial and measures 27cm (10.5") from handle to spout; sucrier stands cm (") high incl. finial and measures cm (") from handle to handle; milk jug stands cm (") high and measures cm (") from handle to mouth; teacup 10.4cm (4 1/8"), saucer 14.3cm (5 5/8"); cake plate 23cm (9").


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 Coalport tea service with Duck Spout teapot, ca 1835

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