Rare Advertising Tea Stand Tile
Growing Picking Tasting Packing & Shipping
made for Chaloner & Company's Teas in Ceylon
Wedgwood China Works
Staffordshire England ~ 1888
This stunning octagonal tile or tea stand measures 6" by 6 1/4" in diameter and the slab is 3/8" thick. Transfer printed in brown against a creamy earthenware background showing excellent detail and contrast. Some of the best transfer printing we have seen of India and Ceylon during the Colonial period. The figural tile illustrates the process of making tea, from slaves planting and picking the plants on the plantation, to the owners tasting the tea, to packers with elephants packing and loading the bales for export on the tall ship in harbor. An elegant and historic view, encircled with a simple bamboo rim.
The tile was made by Wedgwood in the Staffordshire region of England. The tile is marked with British registration number 10568 dating it to c1880.
The tea stand is in great condition with a small chip to one corner of the back side and a touch of age related discoloration (probably from being burned with a tea kettle) at the top left corner. Other insignificant nibbles and chippies of wear along the edges, all consistent with age and none diminishing its use or appeal. A very fine example of a rare historic scene on ceramic.