Chrysanthemums for a hot summer day - Wileman 1896
Charles Wileman created this beautiful set of four Empire teacups and a bowl with polychrome chrysanthemums in 1896. Yet they look so fresh, as if they were painted yesterday. In late Victorian times there was a rise in mass production to serve a growing middle class, so hand painted designs were left behind. But what was gained was a vast array of designs in various colours, applied by transfer and often hand-coloured in enamel, to suit every taste. This one is very sweet... and I have several extra trios to grow it to a bigger set if you wish! You can find the listing here in my shop.