Fabulous Tea Sets

Porcelain tea set by Wiener Werkstätte designer Ena Rottenberg for the historic Austrian porcelain manufacturer Augarten, 1930 (Photo: courtesy of Neue Galerie)

Some of you may know that I love tea and that I have a slight addiction to tabletop.  Hence my interview series “Tea With Claudia” is held by sharing a cup of tea, and my devotion to DIFFA’s Dining by Design is everlasting.

I often come across some really wonderful tea sets.  Some are unattainable, and some are very tempting; but I would need a lot more storage to get all the china and crystal I really want.  So I thought I would resist the urge and instead share images of temptation with all of you.  Here are some interesting designs from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, all truly elevating the art of drinking tea.

Sterling tea service with ivory & wicker details by Austrian designer Otto Prutscher, ca. 1920
(Photo: courtesy of Dorotheum)

“Drip Tease” porcelain tea service by British ceramicist Reiko Kaneko (Photo: courtesy of Reiko Kaneko)

“Tricorne” coffee/tea set by the Salem China Company, 1935 (Photo: courtesy of Susabella Brownstein’s blog)

“Tunis” porcelain tea set from the German porcelain manufacturer Arzberg in color India (Photo: courtesy of Arzberg)

Ironstone tea & coffee service by American ceramicist Lagardo Tackett, 1960s (Photo: courtesy of VandM)

Ash wood tea set by American woodturner Barbara Dill (Photo: courtesy of Barbara Dill)

Sterling silver tea service with with elephant handles by the Indian company Porr & Sons, ca. 1860
(Photo: courtesy of One Of A Kind Antiques)

Glass tea set by German designer Wilhelm Wagenfeld for Schott & Gen / Jenaer Glaswerk, 1930-34
(Photo: courtesy of Phaidon)

“Lady Templeton” tea service in Saxon blue and black Jasperware by Wedgwood (Photo: courtesy of Wedgwood)

Electro-plated nickel silver, brass & Bakelite by Finnish/American architect Eliel Saarinen for the International Silver Company, ca. 1934 (Photo: Courtesy of the the Metropolitan Musuem of Art)

“Ciel Bleu” gilded porcelain tea set from Sieger by German porcelain manufacturer Fürstenberg

(Photo: courtesy of Fürstenberg)

“Chinar Leaf” sterling silver tea set from Kashmir, ca. 1885 (Photo: courtesy of Venetian Red)

“Morgenland” porcelain tea service by Austrian industrial designer Zitta Schnitt (Photo: Severin Wurnig)

Sterling tea & coffee service with ivory details by the Austrian firm Brüder Frank, 1925
(Photo: courtesy of Nelson & Nelson Antiques)

“Leda” porcelain tea service by German artist Paul Wunderlich for the German porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal (Photo: courtesy of  Antique Helper)

“My China” porcelain tea set from Sieger by the German porcelain manufacturer Fürstenberg
(Photo: courtesy of Fürstenberg)

Silver-plated “Fenice” coffee & tea service by Lino Sabattini 1989/1994 (Photo: courtesy of Dragonette on 1stdibs)

“Neuer Ausschnitt” porcelain high tea set by the historic German porcelain manufacturer Meissen
(Photo: courtesy of Meissen)

Porcelain tea set by Austrian architect and designer Josef Hoffmann for the historic Austrian porcelain manufacturer Augarten (Photo: courtesy of Augarten)

“Bulky” ceramic tea set by Swedish architect & designer Jonas Wagell for the Finnish manufacturer Muuto
(Photo: courtesy of Muuto)

Sterling silver tea set by Henning Koppel for the Danish silver company of Georg Jensen, 1952
(Photo: courtesy of Georg Jensen)

Tea set in hand-built glazed stoneware by American artist Barbara Walch (Photo: Smithsonian American Art Museum)

“Tac 1” porcelain tea set by Bauhaus founder and architect Walter Gropius for the German porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal, 1969 (Photo: courtesy of Rosenthal)

I would love to hear which ones you like or suggestions for which designs I should look into.


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