A delightful and unusual rare tea set boasting a rather large teapot with five teacups and saucer duos. Manufactured between 1890 to 1910 by the famous Ridgeway Pottery, Staffordshire, England. (Ridgeway Pottery became part of the Royal Doulton group in the 1960’s). Each piece of the set has a crisp white background and is decorated with fresh green floral motifs. The teacups are beautifully shaped with gently scalloped rims, sitting on a pedestal base. The handles are elegant French looped handles with a small thumb rests. Around the teacup body is a band of tiny raised molded flowers, The teapot is very large, with a good weight. It is tall and has a quirky flower shaped finial. The teapot handle is large and a scroll type design. The teapot base is decorated with small molded beads which is repeated around the rim of the teapot. There are other pretty moldings around the tip and base of the spout which add a touch of drama to it. The teapot could also be used as a beautiful centre table piece filled with blossoming flowers.
The teapot can fill approx. 12 cups of tea. A great teapot for large gatherings.
Teapot height from base to the tip of finial 32cm
Teapot width from tip of spout to end of handle27.5cm
Tea cup height 7cm
Tea cup diameter 8cm
Saucer diameter 14.5cm
Condition: The tea set is over 100 years old and is in very good condition, looks hardly used. Nice bright colours. The teapot does have a small piece of china chipped off the inside of the rim. It does not show when the lid is on. There is fading to the inside pattern of one of the teacups, but this does not affect the overall look from the outside and there are tiny firing spots on most of the pieces which is commensurate with older china (Click on About Our China for more details on condition).
No makers backstamp which is normal for antique pieces. Ridgeway used a series of numbers for production dates and patterns. The base of the teapot has the number 2/3294.
Matching lidded sugar bowl available, perfect for offering chocolates or biscuits