Here is a very rare Dutch antique porcelain tea service decorated with numerous detailed and brightly colored paintings of birds, featuring various tree branches as backdrops. It is comprised of a cylindrical teapot, a vase-form pitcher, a sugar bowl and lid, a VERY large bowl for holding the dregs of tea that had gotten cold, nine coffee cups and twelve saucers. The pitcher shows the feature of a gilded heart aflame above the birds. All pieces are edged in a simple line of gilding and many are marked in script on the bottom. Each bird is different and each tree is different, probably copied from a set of printed ornithological images collected in a book. The pieces have a variety of incised marks on the bottom, and there is a minimum of damage: one saucer has a near-invisible hairline in the well, one cup has a vertical hairline in the side, the sugar lid’s knob has been replaced and there is a small chip to the bottom edge of the teapot, plus repaired chips to the lid. Some of the pieces show no wear, while others have a small amount, though one cup has considerable wear to the bird decoration. The Amstel factory started producing excellent hard paste porcelain in 1784 after the factory was moved from Oude Loosdrecht, also in Holland. It lasted until 1820.

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25 Piece Dutch Amstel Tea Service C.1785


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