How striking, bold and modern is this New Hall tea service from about 1795?
New Hall was the first pottery in Staffordshire to take up porcelain, which at the time was "hybrid hard-paste" porcelain, but it was one of the last ones to move over to bone china.
Hybrid porcelain is an adjusted form of hard paste porcelain that is much more rocky than the later bone china, and it is slightly grey. It is excellent for bold blue designs, and people loved it as it looked very much like the imported Chinese porcelain that people were used to.
This is a particularly beautiful set that is decorated in the Tobacco Leaf pattern, which was done many times by New Hall and also other factories. This particular one is without gilt - it may have been made for Puritan customers, who would not eat or drink off gilded china for religious reasons; New Hall did this pattern many times with lavish gilt worked into the flowers and tobacco leaves.
The pattern reminds me of the Olympics with its interlinked rings... a nice touch as my stock room looks out over the Olympic park with the Stadium, Copperbox and large Aquatic Centre!
The set also has provenance; it came from the collection of the porcelain expert David Redstone, who wrote some important books on porcelain.
The set is in near-perfect condition and excellent for use, and you can find it in my shop, see the link in my bio page or send me a direct message for more info 🌸💙
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