Porcelain tea service

A photgraph of a tea service with seven pieces shown.

John Rose's factory, Coalport, Shropshire, 1810-15

Possibly painted at the Herculaneum Pottery, Liverpool. In 1784 the high tax on tea was reduced, the price fell, and people drank more. Teapots became larger. The hostess would keep on refilling your cup until you put your spoon in it to show you had had enough. The cartoon shows a visiting Frenchman who did not know this custom and has politely drunk thirteen cups.

Given by Joseph Mayer|, 1867.