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Melba Pink Flower Handle Art Deco Tea Service
Located in London, GB
Melba pink flower handle tea service patten number 3787, Lilac time from the Art Deco period. This set comprises 6 hexagonal shaped cups and saucers, 6 cakeplates, sugar bowl and cre...
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Vintage 1920s British Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Christofle 1925 Silver Plate Art Deco Tea Service Tray Teapot Sugar Creamer Set
By Christofle
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Christofle silver plate Art Deco 1925 coffee service and tray with wood handles and lid accents. This set is from the 1990's when Christofle decided to reproduced an earlier design. ...
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1990s French Art Deco Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Aynsley Art Deco Roses Tea Service
By John Aynsley
Located in London, GB
An early 20th century Aynsley Art Deco Roses tea service comprising of 6 cups, 6 saucers, 6 cake plates, sugar bowl, creamer and 2 large cakeplates. The Tea Service is decorated with...
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Antique Early 1900s British Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Italian Art Deco Malachite and Silver Tea Service
Located in London, GB
Italian Art Deco malachite and silver tea service Italian, 1930s Measures: Tea pot height 11 cm, width 16.5 cm, depth 5.5 cm Coffee jar height 8 cm, width 14 cm, depth 4 cm Milk ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Deco Tea Sets

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Malachite, Silver

Art Deco Silver Tea and Coffee Service Dome Topped
Located in Oakland, CA
An elegant Art Deco tea and coffee set that is dome topped and multifaceted. Nothing can make you feel quite so pampered as having tea brought in on a silver tray . What? You have no...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Tea Sets

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Silver Plate

American Art Deco Chase Chrome & Plaskon 4-Piece Comet Tea Service
By Walter Von Nessen, Chase Brass and Copper Company, Harry Laylon
Located in Port Hope, ON
This complete Comet "Tea Service" set first appeared in the Chase catalogue of 1938. The pieces are chrome plated with white Plaskon accents. The set is the work of a group of Chase ...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Tea Sets

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Chrome

Antique George VI Art Deco Sterling Silver Three-Piece Tea Service
By Walker & Hall
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George VI English sterling silver three-piece tea service/set made in the Art Deco style; an addition to our silver teaware collection. ...
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Vintage 1930s English Art Deco Tea Sets

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Arthur Percy for Upsala-Ekeby / Gefle, Complete Art Deco Grand Tea Service
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arthur Percy for Upsala-Ekeby / Gefle. Complete Art Deco Grand tea service in pastel blue porcelain with hand-painted gold edge for eight people. 1930s / 40s. Consisting of eight ...
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Art Deco Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Tea-Coffee Service, 1925
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Tea-coffee service, 1925 Silver plated 5 pieces (original tray) Checkerboard on 4 pieces. Measures: H: 24 cm, W: 56 cm, D: 33 cm.
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Vintage 1920s European Art Deco Tea Sets

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Metal

  • Tea-Coffee Service, 1925
  • Tea-Coffee Service, 1925
  • Tea-Coffee Service, 1925
  • Tea-Coffee Service, 1925
H 9.45 in. W 22.05 in. D 13 in.
Five-Piece French Art Deco Silver Plated Tea and Coffee Service, 20th Century
Located in Oakland, CA
French Art Deco silver plated tea and coffee service, five pieces in total, early 20th century with marks: BB. Extremely high quality with many nice details not commonly found in the...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Tea Sets

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Silver Plate

Original English Coffee/Tea Service
Located in Oakland, CA
This is a nice Mid-Century English set designed by the company Picquot ware, this company is still in business today. Exclusive, modern design made from Magnailium. An alloy especial...
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Vintage 1950s English Art Deco Tea Sets

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Metal

Original English Coffee or Tea Service
Located in Antwerp, BE
Original English coffee or tea service
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Tea Sets

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Copper

  • Original English Coffee or Tea Service
  • Original English Coffee or Tea Service
  • Original English Coffee or Tea Service
  • Original English Coffee or Tea Service
H 10.63 in. W 18.51 in. D 9.06 in.
Guido Andlovitz Porcelain Tea Cup Service, 1930, Italy
By Guido Andlovitz
Located in Milano, IT
Guido Andlovitz porcelain tea cup service, 1930, Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Outstanding Unique Cubist Coffee/Tea Service H.L. Linton, Paris
By HL Linton
Located in Oakland, CA
What a beautiful service this is, so many nice details. The French were great at designing and manufacturing these wonderful classic sets (a time gone by.) This particular one was de...
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Vintage 1930s English Art Deco Tea Sets

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Silver Plate, Metal

Art Deco Chrome and Bakelite Coffee Service by Manning Bowman
By Manning Bowman
Located in Crockett, CA
Beautiful Art Deco chrome and Bakelite coffee service with original oval Bakelite and chrome tray. Manufactured in the late 1930s by the Manning Bowman Co. of Meriden Conn. "MB ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Tea Sets

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Chrome

Emil Schuelke for Napier Art Deco Silver Plate Individual Coffee Service
By Napier Co., Emil Schuelke
Located in Dallas, TX
Emil Schuelke for Napier Machine Age Art Deco individual coffee service. Two rare individual coffee service sets by Schuelke for Napier. Documented patented design. Schuelke also...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Tea Sets

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Silver Plate

Sterling Silver Four-Piece Tea and Coffee Service with Tray
By Edward Barnard & Sons
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage George VI English sterling silver four piece tea and coffee set and matching tray; an addition to our silver teaware collection. This e...
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Vintage 1930s British Art Deco Tea Sets

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Tiffany & Co., New York, Tea Service in Sterling Silver, Early 20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Tiffany & Co., New York. Tea service in sterling silver, early 20th century. Consisting of a teapot, cream jug and sugar bowl. The teapot measures: 25 x 15 cm. The sugar bowl meas...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Tea Sets

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Sterling Silver

French Art Deco Silver Plated Tea Service, 3 Pieces
Located in Arles, FR
Very good quality 3-piece Art Deco silver plated teapot, sugar bowl and creamer in the style of sets by Gallia, Christofle. Each piece is stamped. The teapot and sugar bowl bear Sign...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Platters and Serveware

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Silver Plate

Art Deco Limoges Tea Coffee Dessert Set Service for 16
Located in Oakland, CA
An Art Deco Limoges tea coffee and dessert set of top quality and beautiful design. This is a grand set, service for sixteen with two pots (regular and decaf or coffee and tea) two b...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Ceramics

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Porcelain

Arthur Percy for Upsala-Ekeby / Gefle, Complete Art Deco Grand Tea Service
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arthur Percy for Upsala-Ekeby / Gefle. Complete Art Deco Grand tea service in pastel blue porcelain with hand painted gold edge, 1930s-1940s. Consisting of five teacups with saucers...
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Art Deco Porcelain

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Porcelain

Vintage Art Deco Style 1940s Sterling Silver Four-Piece Tea and Coffee Service
By Harrison Brothers & George Howson 1
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine vintage George VI English sterling silver four-piece tea and coffee service in the Art Deco style; an addition to our silver teaware collection. This exceptional vintage st...
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Vintage 1940s English Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Four-Piece Art Deco Silver Plate Tea and Coffee Service by Walker & Hall
By Walker & Hall
Located in Torino, IT
Four-piece silver plate tea and coffee service, stepped Art Deco bases and lids, with wood handles, comprising a coffee pot, tea pot, sugar and creamer by Walker and Hall Sheffield. ...
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Vintage 1930s English Art Deco Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Royal Copenhagen White Dagmar Tea Service for 10 People in Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen white Dagmar tea service for 10 people in hand-painted porcelain with gold decoration. 1930s. Consisting of 10 teacups with saucers, 10 plates and a teapot. The cu...
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Deco Porcelain

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Porcelain

1930 Ernest Prost, Tea and Coffee Service in Sterling Silver and Macassar
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
Tea and coffee service in pure sterling silver and maccasar made by Ernest Prost created in the 1930s. Service including: - a coffee maker - a teapot - a sugar bowl Minerve ...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

1920 Jean E. Puiforcat, Tea and Coffee Service in Sterling Silver and Macassar
By Jean Puiforcat, Puiforcat
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
Tea and coffee service in sterling pure silver and macassar by Jean E. Puiforcat created in the 1920s. Service including: - a coffee pot : 11 cm x 10 cm - a teapot : 10 cm x 9.5...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

1937 Jean E. Puiforcat, Tea and Coffee Service in Sterling Silver and Walnut
By Jean Puiforcat, Puiforcat
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
Tea and coffee service with cut sides in sterling pure silver and walnut by Jean E. Puiforcat. Service including: - a coffee pot: 14.5 cm x 22.5 cm x 10 cm - a teapot: 10.5 cm x...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Three-Piece Tea Service Set, Denmark, circa Mid-20th Century, 1950s
By Georg Jensen
Located in Braintree, GB
Georg Jensen hot chocolate pot Maker: Georg Jensen Made in Denmark, 1925-1932 Dimensions: Pot size 18 x 10 x 17.5 cm Length x width x height Total weight: 407 grams Con...
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Art Deco Tea Service, Pewter with Wooden Knobs and Handles, circa 1925
By Daalderop KDM Royal Holland
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Dutch Art Deco tea service made by the firm Daalderop in Tiel. The firm is known for the production of domestic ware in Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Amsterdam School style in pewter. ...
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Vintage 1920s Dutch Art Deco Tea Sets

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Pewter

Rene Delavan French Art Deco Pewter and Wood Coffee & Tea Service
By Rene Delavan
Located in New York, NY
Hand-wrought dinanderie pewter martele coffee and tea service with vertical lines on body and rosewood handles and finials. Measures: Teapot: 6 5/8'' high, 8 1/2'' wide, 4 ½'' long....
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Tea Sets

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Pewter

Francois Frionet French Art Deco Tea and Coffee Service
Located in Coral Gables, FL
This 1930’s tea and coffee set was designed by Paris gold an silversmith Francois Frionne. The set, which consists of a coffee pot, tea pot, sugar and creamer is in silver plated met...
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20th Century French Tea Sets

Materials

Silver Plate

Maison Cardeilhac French Art Deco Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service on Tray
By Pierre Cardeilhac, Jacques Cardeilhac
Located in New York, NY
Teapot: 7" high; 7 ½" long, 4 3/8" wide. Coffee pot: 7 3/8" high, 6 ½" long, 3 ¾" wide. Sugar bowl: 3 5/8" high, 5 ¾" long, 3 3/8" wide. Creamer: 4 1/8" high, 4 5/8" long, 2 5/8" ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Tea Sets

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Sterling Silver

Jean Puiforcat Sterling Silver Wood Art Deco Coffee and Tea Service Set
By Jean Puiforcat
Located in Pasadena, CA
4 piece Jean Puiforcat Art Deco sterling silver and wood coffee tea service set, circa 1920. Monogrammed "FY" with carved wood handles and accented finials. Silver hallmarks to the i...
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Vintage 1920s European Tea Sets

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Sterling Silver

Paul Follot French Art Deco Silver Plate Coffee Service
By Paul Follot, S.A. Boulanger, Pomone
Located in Paris, FR
A superbly crafted and elegant four pieces silver plated coffee set designed by Paul Follot (1877-1941) and made by Boulenger for Pomone ( the art studio at Le Bon Marché where Foll...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Tea Sets

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Silver Plate

Jean Puiforcat Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service
By Jean Puiforcat
Located in San Francisco, CA
Wonderful sterling silver four piece service made while Jean Puiforcat was taking refuge in Mexico during World War II. This rare service was made near the end of the artist's life -...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Art Deco Tea Sets

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Sterling Silver

Jean Dunand Rare and Exceptional Turkish Style Tea Service
By Jean Dunand
Located in Paris, FR
Rare and exceptional turkish style tea service in brown and silver patinated copperware comprising one cup, one sugar basin, one teapot and its stove and one coffee pot decorated wit...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Tea Sets

Art Deco Machine Age Modernist Four-Piece Coffee Service by Bruce Hunt
By Bruce Hunt
Located in Denver, CO
Stunning four-piece chrome and bakelite coffee service by Bruce Hunt, circa 1935. Set includes the coffee pot, sugar and creamer and tray. Tray and sugar and creamer are signed. Mea...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Tea Sets

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Chrome

Deco Inspired 1950s Hector Aguilar Silver Cream and Sugar Service
By Hector Aguilar
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A beautiful art deco inspired silver European style cream & sugar service by Hector Aguilar. Formed with a genie lamp body set atop a circular disk base, each with elegantly curved a...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Art Deco Tea Sets

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Silver

Jean Luce French Art Deco Coffee or Tea Service for Six
By Jean Luce
Located in Coral Gables, FL
This French art deco fourteen piece porcelain coffee service for six was designed by modernist Jean Luce (1895-1965). The ring handles and finial of the sugar and creamer are repeate...
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20th Century French Art Deco Porcelain

Art Deco Tea- Coffee Service by Maurice Dufrene for Gallia Christofle
By Maurice Dufrêne
Located in Janvry, Essonne
An Art Deco tea-coffee service in silvered metal including a coffee pot ,a tea pot,a milk pot ,a sugar dish and a tray in silvered metal. The handles are in black bakelite. Designed ...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver

Italian Pewter Tea Service
Located in Cookeville, TN
Offering this beautiful aged Italian pewter tea service. The service comes with a tray, creamer, sugar, short kettle and a tall kettle.
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Deco Platters and Serveware

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Pewter

  • Italian Pewter Tea Service
  • Italian Pewter Tea Service
  • Italian Pewter Tea Service
  • Italian Pewter Tea Service
H 7.5 in. W 8.75 in. D 4.5 in.
Art Deco French Silver Plate Coffee and Tea Service
Located in Daylesford, Victoria
Art Deco French silver plate tea set of 3 pieces, tea pot, creamer and lidded sugar bowl, with Macassar wood trim to handles and/or lids. All pieces are internally gilt flashed, as p...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Tea Sets

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Silver Plate

French Art Deco Tea Service for Eight
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Classical form Limoges Art Deco tea service with tea pot, creamer, sugar and 8 matching diminuitive cups and saucers. Celadon green, pure white and gold embellish this lovely set.
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Early 20th Century French Porcelain

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Paste, Porcelain

  • French Art Deco Tea Service for Eight
  • French Art Deco Tea Service for Eight
  • French Art Deco Tea Service for Eight
  • French Art Deco Tea Service for Eight
H 8.5 teapot in. Dm 5.5 teapot in.
Art Deco Style English Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea and Coffee Service
By James Wakely & Frank Clarke Wheeler
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
This exceptional vintage silver tea service consists of a coffee jug, teapot, cream jug and sugar bowl. Each vintage George IV piece has a plain circular rounded form onto a cir...
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Vintage 1940s English Art Deco Tea Sets

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Sterling Silver, Silver

5 piece art deco coffee tea service
Located in Oakland, CA
Classic art deco coffee tea service. Excellent restored condition. 5 pieces all in silver-plate and all with rosewood handles. This design combines both classic and modernist lines, ...
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Vintage 1930s Argentine Art Deco Tea Sets

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Metal, Silver

  • 5 piece art deco coffee tea service
  • 5 piece art deco coffee tea service
  • 5 piece art deco coffee tea service
  • 5 piece art deco coffee tea service
H 1 in. W 16 in. D 13 in.
Art Deco Coffee/Tea Service
Located in New York, NY
5pc Set includes Coffe pot,tea pot,covered sugar bowl,creamer and tray. Stylized hive design of concentric rings create a glamourous deco design with walnut accents
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20th Century French Tea Sets

Materials

Silver Plate

  • Art Deco Coffee/Tea Service
  • Art Deco Coffee/Tea Service
  • Art Deco Coffee/Tea Service
  • Art Deco Coffee/Tea Service
H 8.25 in. Dm 14 in.
Stunning Art Deco bakelite Coffee Tea service complete
Located in Oakland, CA
One of our latest finds down Argentina way. This is knockout set and ready to find a home ready to be used, loved or admired.<br /> Just carried it home across the old border. Wond...
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Vintage 1930s Argentine Tea Caddies

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Bronze, Silver

Art Deco Tea and Coffee Service by Francois Frionnet
By Francois Frionnet
Located in Bochum, NRW
Silvered metal tea/coffee service, around 1920 Comprised of a rectangular tray, no. 45; coffeepot, no. 25; teapot, no. 25; covered sugar, no. 15; and open creamer, no lid, no. 10;...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Tea Sets

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Metal

Limoges French Art Deco Coffee Tea Service for 12
By Limoges
Located in Oakland, CA
An Art Deco Limoges coffee or tea service for twelve of the highest quality, embellished with wonderful and stylized designs. This set was never used and bears the embossed label of ...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Art Deco Sterling Silver Three-Piece Tea Service, 1934
By Stower & Wragg Ltd. 1
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George V English sterling silver three-piece tea service made in the Art Deco style; an addition to our teaware collection This excepti...
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Vintage 1930s English Art Deco Tea Sets

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Sterling Silver

Sèvres Tea Service, Mazarine Blue and Gilt, Art Deco, 1923
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in London, GB
On offer is a stunning Sèvres tea service for 6 in the elegant Art Deco style, made in 1923. Sèvres Porcelain is among the most famous in the world. The French factory started in ...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Art Deco Coffee/Tea Service (Silver Plate & Macassar)
Located in New York, NY
Machine Age design all silver plate<br /> with macassar wood details.<br /> Set includes coffe pot, tea pot,<br /> sugar bowl, creamer, and serving<br /> tray.
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20th Century Tea Sets

Art Deco / Modernist Silver Plated and Bakelite Tea or Coffee Service
Located in London, GB
A modernist silver plated and bakelite tea or coffee service, comprising of a large tea or coffee pot, a sugar bowl and a milk jug. Together with a rosewood and silver plated mirror...
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Early 20th Century German Art Deco Tea Sets

German Art Deco Silver Plated Tea Service by WMF
By WMF Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik
Located in New York, NY
A four piece tea service consisting of a tray, pot, cream/milk container and sugar container. The pieces have an early ostrich hallmark for WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwaren Fabrik),...
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20th Century German Tea Sets

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Silver Plate

Art Deco English Tea Set Service for Eight by Alfred Meakin
By Alfred Meakin
Located in Oakland, CA
This classic English tea service with modernist embellishment is by Alfred Meakin, one of the most prolific creators of china tableware with a long history of production dating from ...
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Vintage 1930s English Art Deco Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Art Deco Silver Plate Tea and Coffee Service, France, circa 1930
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Five-piece Art Deco silver plate tea and coffee service, France, circa 1930. The service comprising coffee pot, teapot, covered sugar, cream jug and tray. Each of Art Deco design, ov...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Tea Sets

Art Deco Coffee/Tea Service with Macassar Wood Details
Located in New York, NY
Silver plated Art Deco coffee/tea<br /> service with macassar wood details,<br /> and with stylized modernist form.<br /> Set includes: Coffee Pot, Tea Pot,<br /> Sugar, Creamer,...
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20th Century Tea Sets

Sterling Silver Five-Piece Tea or Coffee Service, Art Deco Style
By Z. Barraclough & Sons, Cooper Brothers & Sons
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive antique George VI English sterling silver five piece tea and coffee service in the Art Deco style; an addition to our teaware collection at AC Silver. This f...
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Vintage 1930s English Art Deco Tea Sets

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Sterling Silver

English Art Deco Silver Plate Tea or Coffee Service
Located in Hudson, NY
Exquisite quality English Art Deco silver plated four-piece tea or coffee service. Each piece is in great vintage condition. Minor wear consistent with age / use. Maker's mark unders...
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Vintage 1930s English Tea Sets

Materials

Silver Plate

Stunning French Art Deco Fluted 4 Piece Coffee/Tea Service
Located in Oakland, CA
This has to be one of the nicest Art Deco Coffee/Tea sets we've had in years. Every detail is in place and the quality<br /> is outstanding. You only need to pick up a single piece ...
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Vintage 1930s French Tea Sets

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Silver Plate

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Art Deco Tea Service For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal art deco tea service for your home. Frequently made of metal, silver and wood, every art deco tea service was constructed with great care. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer art deco tea service, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. An art deco tea service made by Art Deco designers — as well as those associated with Art Nouveau — is very popular. Jean Puiforcat, Christofle and Ercuis each produced at least one beautiful art deco tea service that is worth considering.

How Much is a Art Deco Tea Service?

Prices for an art deco tea service start at $100 and top out at $40,000 with the average selling for $2,761.

Finding the Right Tea Sets for You

Ready to serve high tea and brunch for your family and friends? Start with the right antique, new or vintage tea set.

Tea is a multicultural, multinational beverage and isn’t confined to any particular lifestyle or age group. It has humble beginnings, and one of its best-known origin stories places the first cups of tea in 2700 B.C. in China, where it was recognized for its medicinal properties. Jump ahead to 17th-century England, when Chinese tea began to arrive at ports in London. During the early 1800s, tea became widely affordable, and the concept of teatime took shape all over England. Today, more than 150 million people reportedly drink tea daily in the United States.

Early tea drinkers enjoyed their beverage in a bowl, and English potters eventually added a handle to the porcelain bowls so that burning your fingers became less of a teatime hazard. With the rise in the popularity of teatime, tea sets, also referred to as tea service, became a hot commodity.

During Queen Victoria’s reign, teakettles and coffeepots were added to tea services that were quite large — indeed, small baked goods were served with your drink back then, and a tea set could include many teacups and saucers, a milk pot and other accessories.

During the early 1920s, a sterling-silver full tea service and tray designed by Tiffany & Co. might include a hot-water kettle on a stand, a coffeepot, teapot, a creamer with a small lip spout, a waste bowl and a bowl for sugar, which the British were stirring into tea as early as the 18th century.

But you don’t have to limit your tea set to Victorian or Art Deco styles — shake up teatime with an artful contemporary service. If the bold porcelain cups and saucers by Italian brand Seletti are too unconventional for your otherwise subdued tea circle, find antique services on 1stDibs from Japan, France and other locales as well as vintage mid-century modern tea sets and neoclassical designs.