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Help Identify an Interesting Tea Set

Post by scolada on February 12th 2016, 3:36 pm

Hi All,

It's Friday TGIF! But before I can go home I have to try and figure out this set. I was thinking that it was perhaps a Wedgwood set but that's just a guess. I tried searching and I'm not getting very far. Can anyone point me in the right direction please? Thanks in advance.

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Post by Davee on February 12th 2016, 5:45 pm

You could try going down the aesthetic movement route, bamboo was used a lot during that design period.

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Post by NaomiM on February 12th 2016, 6:56 pm

I would guess the bamboo design was based on Chinese Yixing teapots, so might be mid-1800s

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Post by denbydump on February 12th 2016, 7:13 pm

All looks a little bit modern-ish to me somehow.
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Re: Help Identify an Interesting Tea Set

Post by Mordeep on February 12th 2016, 7:46 pm

Its a very clean looking set, I can only assume someone has been scrubbing it.
It looks very late 19th century when the aesthetic movement was in full swing. The use of bamboo as a design feature is very typical of that period, I have also seen very similar designs using asparagus bunches. My first guess would be Chinese but they would not use the roman alphabet as an ID. The only unmarked Wedgwood are seconds and those would not carry the J mark that this one does. That points me towards European possibly German/Austrian. They often marked with numbers and single letters.
Dating is difficult, I can't see any signs of wear from the pictures. That makes me nervous to say its 120-140 years old. Even as a cabinet item it would have picked up some light scratching to the edges, look for that. If you can't find wear then it may not be that old but based on an older design. Good luck.
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Re: Help Identify an Interesting Tea Set

Post by scolada on February 12th 2016, 7:57 pm

Thanks guys. It's definitely worn but the light shows it reflecting all the time. I'm adding another pic of the bottom, hopefully it will help. The one interesting thing here is that there is a chip on the underside of the spout. When I look at it with a loupe, the blue color goes all the way through the damage. It almost looks like stone under magnification and not say a porcelain.



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Post by Mordeep on February 13th 2016, 9:29 am

Thanks for the extra pictures. We can now see the signs of age and wear. Almost looks like high fired stoneware. If it didn't have that single letter on the base I would guess Chinese but as it does German/Austrian would be my suggestion. Think as others have suggested its late 19th century and copying a popular style of the day. A nice display item but those cracks/hairlines on the base means its never going to hold hot water again or be very valuable.
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Post by NaomiM on February 13th 2016, 12:35 pm

Could be feldspathic stoneware; an early form of porcelain which was popular in Germany and Austria through to the early 20thC, but more common in Staffordshire in the late 1700s-early 1800s

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Re: Help Identify an Interesting Tea Set

Post by scolada on February 19th 2016, 7:22 pm

I was away most of the week and while I did get the updates with the help, I just realized I forgot to say thank you. So, thanks everyone! Very much appreciated.
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