Extra thanks for helping me, when I did not expect it at the beginning of this first visit. You have been most gracious, and I will be engaging your services again :)
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A vibrant vintage tea-for-two for ladies who prefer to make a bold statement.
Vintage Sadler earthenware teapot and English bone china tea trios in a matching pattern, at The Buttered Cat...
The British sense of quirkiness in design and style is evident in their novelty teapots. One of my favourites is Ye Daintee Ladyee, produced by Sadler pottery in the 1930s (or earlier!). The teapot shaped like a crinoline lady comes in different colours and variation, some with hand-painted faces and some without. Whenever I see one of these I marvel at how imaginative the maker was!
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I wonder if late Victorian style was the earliest advent of Shabby Chic style as we know it today? These early 1900s antique china plates look so fresh and modern - who would have guessed they are a hundred years old?!...
A Brown Betty is a round belly teapot with a brown glaze known as Rockingham glaze. In the Victorian era, when tea was at its peak of popularity, tea brewed in the Brown Betty was considered excellent. This was attributed to the design of the pot which allowed the tea leaves more freedom to swirl around as the water was poured into the pot, releasing more flavour with less bitterness. (source: Wikipedia)
Vintage pink ditsy rose brown betty made by Sadler pottery, at The Buttered Cat