This is a set of two Yates true trios and four duos, made around 1825, which is known as the Regency period. A true trio is a teacup and coffeecup sharing one saucer, which is how they were sold in the early 19th Century - as you would never drink tea and coffee from the same cup, why invest in an extra saucer?

 

The Yates factory was operative between 1784 and 1836 and was mostly based in Shelton, Staffordshire. It worked alongside other more famous potters such as Minton, Spode, Coalport and Ridgway, and produced both earthenwares and porcelain.

 

The decoration of the items is very interesting as I have seen it on teacups from various factories. I recently sold a teacup made by Ridgway, and I have one made by New Hall in exactly the same pattern, possibly painted by the same hand. In the 1820s there were many porcelain artists who would move from factory to factory in search of work; it is possible that this pattern was carried around by the same artist.

 

The cups and saucers have a famous pattern of deep cobalt blue with rich gilding and beautiful flower posies set in white panels - this pattern is "No. 812" and was used by several factories. What is interesting about this pattern is the combination of very English flowers and a gilt border that includes Chinese keys; a wonderful combination of styles. As rooms were lit by candles at the time, you can imagine the flickering light being reflected in the lavish gilt - one important reason to use so much gilt on table ware.

 

The items are unmarked, as was often the case during this period, but we know that this is the famous pattern 812, which was used by several factories.

 

CONDITION REPORT The set is in almost perfect condition without any damage or repairs, and with very little wear. One saucer has severe crazing and discolouration (it is the lower centre saucer in the group picture), but all other items are bright and white, and ring well when tapped. There is very little wear either on the gilt or the paintings; the items seem to have hardly been used. This set must have been made for an important customer, as there are no firing flaws anywhere, which is very rare for items of this era.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, 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 teacup 9cm (3.5"); coffee cup 7.6cm (3"); saucer 15.5cm (6 1/8").

 

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.

Yates part tea set, patt. 812 Chinese keys and flowers, ca 1825

SKU: A-YAT06
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