This gorgeous porcelain tea set is composed of a large teapot, a covered sucrier, and a cream jug, all hand painted in bright red-orange and with much gilding. The dolphin mask handle sucrier was definitely made by Thomas Rose, Coalport, c 1805-1810. (See page 83 of Messenger's "Coalport". He compares the John Rose sucrier to the sucrier of his brother Thomas, of Anstice, Horton & Rose.)
The set is quite rare, as Thomas Rose (of Anstice, Horton, & Rose) was in business only from 1800 to 1814. Ceramic researchers consider his work to be superior to his brother's (John Rose). Also, the teapot shape is a seldom-found form. I was able to find only one other example of this shape. It was identified by Eric Knowles (of Antiques Roadshow fame) and marked with the Thomas Rose pattern number 137.
The set dates 1805-1810. All 3 pieces (and lids) are in excellent condition. All ring when tapped. There are no chips, no cracks, and no repairs. There is a little wear to the gilding on the creamer. None of the pieces are marked.
In Geoffrey Godden's 1992 "Guide to English Porcelains" he says that only hybrid hard-paste porcelain was produced at the Thomas Rose factory (Anstice, Horton & Rose).
The set will be shipped to you in 2 separate boxes.
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Antique Coalport Tea Set: Teapot, Sugar & Creamer, Thomas Rose, Early 19 C