From our Chinese Polychrome Collection, a very charming Rose Medallion tea ensemble for one, late 19th century, Guangxu Period (1875-1908), consisting of a teacup and saucer, an uncommon bell-shaped small teapot, and an attractive deep tray with canted corners, all executed in typical Rose Medallion palette of green, orange, rose pink, blue and gold. These items were not originally produced as a set per se, but rather, they are individual pieces that have found themselves matched to each other over time.
Size and Condition: The tray is 9 7/8 inches wide, 7 inches long, and 3/4 inches deep. It’s an uncommon form and very desirable, and is in perfect condition with only some minor rubbing and wear commensurate with age. The lidded bell-shaped teapot is also an uncommon form, it’s 4 1/4 inches tall, 5 1/4 inches spout to handle, and 3 1/2 inches in diameter at the base. Also perfect with some minor wear commensurate with age. The teacup and saucer: These are more typical teawares but still quite charming. The saucer is 5 1/2 inches in diameter, the teacup is 3 inches across, 2 1/2 inches tall. There is some obvious wear to the gilding at the center of the saucer indicating that this was in fact well-used, and there is a small nick to the rim of the teacup visible in the first photo.