Here is an eleven-piece service for tea made in Britain, probably by Sewell though it is unmarked, sometime in the period 1815 to 1825. All the pieces are decorated with the same puce transfer print of a woman playing a piano while two young musicians join her on the triangle and the tambourine. The woman’s Empire-style dress, the legs of her keyboard instrument, her posture, the curved legs of the bench she’s sitting on and the classical tunics of the children all point to an artist who was very familiar with the Greek Revival style that was one of the hallmarks of this period, in architecture and the fine arts as well as in utilitarian objects and in fashions of clothing. Adam Buck was a master of this design style, and this transfer print could be derived from one of his popular etchings. All the pieces are in excellent condition except for one cup and saucer. The cup has a short hairline crack and the saucer has been broken and repaired (both shown). Scattered chips to the blue rims have been touched up with color for a better display. Other than that, there are no chips or damage. The sugar bowl has one small area of toning. My attribution to Sewell is based on a canary yellow set sold at Christie’s having identical shapes with the saucers marked by the factory name. That set also features similar Buck-style prints.
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