I was lucky to see this beatuiful tea cup in the study. It is a 19th century English Newhall porcelain tea cup (and set below). The design is really beautiful with the gold detailing the deep blue oak leaves, the acorns and flowers.
Two curators were kind to pick up a piece of the tea set (against the rules!) so that I could take a photo of any markings it might have. The only markings are these numbers in red. The staff was very helpful and patient with me while I tried over and over to get a good picture of the china.
Here is the beautiful tea set. The tea pot is really stunning, as are the other pieces and the wooden tea tray they are displayed on. The lighting was dim in the room and flash was not allowed, so I did the best I could to get a picture I could share with you all.
I was really excited to see this item!
It is an early Victorian mahogany sarcophagus tea chest! I have never seen a tea chest on a stand before. The wood is polished beautifully with age. The docent shared with me that she had never seen inside of it, but that it was said that it had three compartments, two for two different types of tea and one for mixing the tea together.
The priory itself was lovely to visit. On the grounds are fabulous walled gardens, with such a variety of plants, trees, shrubs, and fruit trained to grow on the stone walls. It is amazing to see pears growing on a wall, all green and pink in the sun! I hope to share some photos later this week. In one of the dining (or was it gaming???) rooms the table was set with all of these fairy cakes! YUM! It is part of a special exhibit they have about Fairies!
Thank you so much for stopping by to visit. I had a great time visiting you all last week, although I may have missed the last few who signed up (hope to catch up soon!).
If you would like to join in the fun, just go and create a post with your tea cup in it, and then come back here and sign up with our linky system below. We are trilled to come and visit you!
I have not been able to do any of my usual blog visits for the past week, and I know I have missed many of your glorious posts! I do hope to have a chance to stop by for a visit when I return home and see what you all have been creating while I have been away.