Casafina were lucky enough to be taken through the ages of British porcelain by Antique expert and tea connoisseur Helen Smith. With tea being an integral part of her personal and professional life there’s no one more qualified than picking out the most sought after pieces for your very own tea party.

Her extensive knowledge was just so vast we went and had a cuppa with the lady herself to grill her on why Britain has always been a bastion of fine English porcelain production. You can read the full interview here.

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From vintage tea –chests, Georgian teapots to stunning Art Deco tea plates, our specially curated sale will offer you a collectable, exquisite piece with its own little piece of British history.

 

Pair of Willow pattern coffee cups and saucers

This instantly recognisable design was popularised by Josiah Spode (c. 1790). The classic blue and white willow design has drawn its inspiration from a legendary tragic and romantic Chinese love story. So beautiful and popular the design, it’s still being produced today, so make space for a timeless piece such as these cups and saucers.

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Tea for One Chintz Teaset c1940

We think it’s integral to take time to brew yourself a proper cup of tea, with a teapot, milk jug and cup and saucer. The classic design of the teacups was first introduced by Prime Minister Lord Bute, Helen tells us, who insisted “our fingers were too delicate to hold hot porcelain”, hence the reason the handle was added.

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Art Deco Tea Plates 1920-30

Collect a little bit of history with these ornately designed roaring 20s Art Deco Tea Plates. Now there’s no excuse not to pile high the cream-filled scones, hot buttered crumpets or rich toasted tea cakes; these Art Deco tea plates are perfect for bring a little vintage style to your high tea.

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George III Oak Tea Table

With each antique you place into your house you bring a hundred stories with it. With its 200 year old roots stemming from a rustic English farmhouse, this original Georgian table has hosted countless tea parties. The collapsing table-top allows easy storage and would look at home in a New York loft or traditional English countryside cottage.

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Superb Gaudy Welsh teapot c 1840

Wonderfully strong , the copper lustre running through this Welsh Teapot displays a dramatic, almost crude design. A versatile piece, suited for either a contemporary loft apartment or on a dark oak dresser in a traditional farmhouse.

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Late George III Mahogany Tea Caddy

The perfect piece for any tea enthusiast and antique admirer, this late Georgian tea caddy is suitable for tea bags and the more traditional loose leaf.

 

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Helen has really inspired us to bring a little British heritage into our homes, not only are these pieces environmentally sound they’re also exquisitely beautiful – often having been designer by the greatest artists, enamellists and craftsmen of their time. Since when could you say that about a factory made mug straight off the shelf?

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We’ve already organised our very own vintage tea party here at Casafina HQ now the sun’s out, why don’t you?

 

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