Here is one of the largest original Chelsea-Derby tea services available today—still together after 250 years. There are the teapot, lid and hexagonal stand, the creamer, the waste bowl, nine teabowls, eight coffee cups, seventeen saucers and the plate. Most of the forms are ribbed into curving panels partway down from the top, with the ribs alternating in and out. This molded shape does not appear to be a standard shape of the factory and is fairly rare. Each piece is painted with delightful sprigs of roses and other colorful flowers in bright array. Condition: Many pieces are perfect with no damage and no wear, even to the gilding. Teapot is perfect with no wear to the decoration or gilding except for a small chip and hairline on the end of the spout (shown). It is seven inches high. (I can repair this chip if you like.) The teapot stand is perfect except for one spot of wear to a rose. The gilding is perfect. This piece is not translucent. The creamer is near perfect but there are several glaze flaws from the firing, some colored over with sprigs to hide them. It has a wreath painted inside on the bottom, probably to cover firing flaws. The waste bowl has very slight gilt wear on the rim, and the inside is quite worn. No chips or damage. One teabowl is perfect and the other eight have wear to the gilt rims but no damage or other wear. Six coffee cups are perfect with no wear even to the gilding. The seventh coffee cup has a pinpoint hole inside, otherwise perfect. The eighth has firing stains toward the bottom, otherwise perfect. The ninth has slight gilt wear to the rim. Thirteen saucers are perfect with no wear at all. The fourteenth saucer has two hairlines from the firing and three other saucers have slight gilt wear. The plate is perfect with only very slight gilt wear on the rim. This piece is not translucent. It is seven and a half inches across. The term Chelsea-Derby refers to the renowned upscale London porcelain factory in Chelsea after it closed and was purchased by William Duesbury, proprietor of the porcelain factory in Derby. Chelsea stopped making porcelain in early 1769 and the factory went up for sale. Duesbury bought it in February, 1770, and kept it going until 1784, gradually moving the craftsmen and artists elsewhere. Duesbury also changed the florid rococo style of the later Chelsea porcelain (the “gold anchor” wares) to a more modest and classically inspired style. These shapes here may look somewhat ornate, but compared to the gold anchor Chelsea shapes they are pretty simple, and are typical of the style Duesbury fostered. This large set is a unique survival of eighteenth-century British porcelain in wonderful condition. The postage charge is based on weight and is a guess. It could be lower than the calculated price. (Ruby Lane requires that I have at least one photo showing everything being sold, which is the reason for the last photo.)

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Baroque, George II , Georgian, Palladian
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41-Piece Chelsea-Derby Tea Set or Service C1775 18th Century Porcelain Teapot


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