Here is an antique porcelain tea service in bright and sassy colors with an intricate Imari pattern based on oriental inspiration. In the center is a large vase in cobalt blue, nestled in front of a gilt fence that has vase-shaped finials on the posts, with exuberant and free-flowing flowers above and below. Around the rim are four panels with red birds, interspersed with areas that have a great deal of gilding plus red and blue flowers. Included in this set are the teapot (ten and three-quarters inches long), its stand, two plates (eight and a quarter inches and seven and a quarter inches in diameter), the waste bowl, the creamer and six sets of cups and saucers. This was always a very popular Spode pattern, and it occurs on tea sets and dinnerware made over a long period. These particular shapes were made by Spode in the period around 1810. Most are marked underneath with Spode and the pattern number. Astonishingly good condition. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a tea set over 200 years old in such fine condition. The gilding is bright. In fact, everything about this set is bright. It shines. There are no chips or damage at all, and I can find only one or two small spots of gilding wear. Nearly all the surfaces are pristine.
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