This wonderful antique set is an early example of the popular Blue Dragon pattern first produced by Grainger, Lee & Co in the 1820's. The design was printed onto the china from a hand engraved copper plate and was inspired by a Chinese design of a dragon chasing a flaming pearl amongst the clouds. This set would display wonderfully and would definitely draw attention! The set is comprised of gorgeous footed pieces of a tea pot, sugar bowl, creamer, and five cups. I suspect that the cups had a very specific function possibly egg cups or nut cups? In case you would like to actually use this set, I did put an egg in them and it was a perfect fit exposing the upper part to be cracked for that wonderful soft boiled egg. Beautiful deep blue dragons and other designs are surrounded by a wonderful white background making the dragons come to life. The pieces have a down-turned scalloped rims giving them a wonderful touch. The rims, spout, handles and footing have been accented with gold. The footed base of the pieces has a deep blue Greek key design on them. The overall condition is very good to excellent having no cracks, and no repairs excepting one 2mm chip underneath the spout of the pot. There is slight staining on one side of the teapots spout but is very hard to see. Please see pictures for condition. IT IS RARE TO FIND ANTIQUE CHINA IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
Backstamp: Worcester Mark with 8 dots under and 12 beside name Dates it to 1911 RN556356 2506 Blue H
Measures: Pot 6 ½” H 6 3/4" L handle to spout x 3 3/4" W Creamer: %' handle to spout x 2 1/2" H x 3 5/8" W Sugar: 2 1/2" H x 3 5/8" W Cups: 2 1/8" H x 2 1/2' W
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