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Grainger Worcester Tea Set, Rococo Revival, Sevres-Style Birds, circa 1830
By Grainger Worcester
Located in London, GB
This is a tea set produced by Grainger Worcester in circa 1830, which was the Rococo Revival era. The set is decorated with birds and consists of a teapot, teapot stand or cake plate...
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Antique 1830s English Rococo Revival Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Ridgway Porcelain Tea Service, Flowers on Cobalt Blue and Gilt, Regency ca 1825
By Ridgway Porcelain
Located in London, GB
This is a stunning Ridgway porcelain tea service made between 1820 and 1825, which is known as the Regency period. It is decorated with a cobalt blue ground, beautiful hand painted f...
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Antique 1820s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Richard Ginori Designer Italian White and Gold Coffee or Tea Cup, circa 1960s
By Richard Ginori
Located in New York, NY
Very beautiful vintage Italian white porcelain with gold gilt coffee or tea cup(s) by designer Richard Ginori, Italy, circa mid-20th century, circa 1960s. Colors include: gold gilt a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Classical Roman Porcelain

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Gold

Richard Ginori Designer Italian Coffee or Tea Cup and Saucer in Green and Gold
By Richard Ginori
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful vintage century Italian white porcelain with emerald green and gold coffee or tea cup and saucer by designer Richard Ginori, circa 20th century, Italy. Colors includ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Classical Roman Porcelain

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Gold

English Rare Vintage Tea Cup for Mustache
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
It's a true curiosity: an old and nice English tea cup for Mustache. There is another one with different decoration - O/4779 -
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Antique Late 19th Century English Belle Époque Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Set of 2 Chinese Tea Cup Gaiwan Set Modern Vintage André Fu Living Tableware
By André Fu
Located in CENTRAL, HK
Larger quantities available upon request, with 8 weeks production time. Description: Chinese tea cup gaiwan set (2 pieces) Color: Beige and gold Size: 11 Ø x 10 H cm, 225 ml Ma...
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2010s Malaysian Modern Tea Sets

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Gold

Set of 2 Western Tea Cup with Saucer Modern Vintage André Fu Living Tableware
By André Fu
Located in CENTRAL, HK
Larger quantities available upon request, with 8 weeks production time. Description: Western tea cup with saucer (2 pieces) Color: Blue and gold Size: 7.5 Ø x 5.5 H cm, 170 m L ...
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2010s Malaysian Modern Tea Sets

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Gold

Swansea Porcelain Tea Set, Tea & Breakfast Cup White and Gilt, Regency ca 1820
By Swansea Porcelain
Located in London, GB
On offer is a beautiful porcelain tea set made by Swansea around the year 1820, which was the Regency era. The set consists of a white and gilt decorated teacup and a larger "breakfa...
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Antique 1820s Welsh Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Vintage Winterling Tea Set, 1970s
By Winterling
Located in Roma, IT
Winterling tea set is an elegant porcelain decorative set, realized during the 1970s century by Winterling Kirchenlamitz Bavaria. This is a very elegant coffee set decorated with ...
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Vintage 1970s German Tea Sets

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Porcelain

  • Vintage Winterling Tea Set, 1970s
  • Vintage Winterling Tea Set, 1970s
  • Vintage Winterling Tea Set, 1970s
  • Vintage Winterling Tea Set, 1970s
H 8.27 in. Dm 8.67 in.
Vintage Coffee/Tea Set Limoges Porcelain
Located in Vista, CA
Vintage coffee/tea service, set include 8 cups and saucers, creamer, sugar and coffee/tea pot. Limoges, Porcelain.
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Mid-20th Century European Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Vintage Mexican Copper 7-Pc Coffee & Tea Set
Located in Delray Beach, FL
For Sale: Vintage 7-pc Mexican brass tea set w/ tea kettle on warmer stand, coffee & teapot, cream pitcher, sugar bowl, chalice cup & tray Specifications: Tea Kettle with warmer...
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20th Century Mexican Tea Sets

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Copper

Vintage Villeroy and Boch Tea Set, 1950s
By Villeroy & Boch
Located in Roma, IT
Villeroy & Boch coffee and tea service is a wonderful collection of ceramic with a Burgenland decor, composed by 22 items: coffee and tea pots, milk and sugar, 6 cups with saucers an...
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Vintage 1950s German Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Vintage French Porcelain Tea Set, 28 Pieces
Located in Livingston, NJ
French porcelain tea set. Hand-decorated with 24-karat gold paint accented with a thin black banding. Set includes: teapot with lid, sugar bowl with lid, creamer and 12 tea cups and ...
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Mid-20th Century French Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Richard Ginori Designer Italian White & Gold Coffee or Tea Cup Saucer, Set of 12
By Richard Ginori
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful vintage set of 12 Italian designer white porcelain with gold coffee or tea cup and saucer set by Richard Ginori, Italy, circa mid-20th century, 1960s. Colors include...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Empire Tea Sets

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Gold

Vintage Danish Azur Stoneware Tea Set by J. H. Quistgaard
By Kronjyden, Jens Harald Quistgaard
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish Azur stoneware tea set by Jens H. Quistgaard for Kronjyden, 1960s. All the pieces comes from the same manufacturer, Kronjyden, which was the first company to produce ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Tea Sets

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Stoneware

Italian Vintage China Tea Set, De Biagi RS Marino
Located in London, GB
A stunning vintage china tea set, made in the Republic of San Marino around the 1950’s. This consists of a beautiful teapot, milk jug, sugar pots, six coffee cups and saucers, six...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Vintage Copper Tea Set by Eugen Mint, Germany, 1960s
By Eugen Zint
Located in Roma, IT
Copper tea set is an original decorative object realized in the 1960s. The lot includes several handmade pieces: a tea pot, an oval tray, five tea cups and eight saucers. All the ...
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Vintage 1960s German Tea Sets

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Copper

Vintage Copper Tea Set by Harald Buchrucker, Germany 1950s
By Harald Buchrucker
Located in Roma, IT
Tea Set is an original artwork realized in the 1950s. Original copper and glass. Handmade in Germany by Harald Buchrucker. The set is complete and includes: 1 jug, 1 tray...
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Vintage 1950s German Tea Sets

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Copper

Vintage Musterschultz Cameo Tea Set in Powder Blue and White
By Musterschutz
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Gorgeous vintage Czechoslovakian tea set consisting of 4 cups, 4 saucers, 6 desert plates, 1 sugar bowl with lid, 1 creamer and 1 tea pot with lid. Marked on bottoms. Plates are 8"...
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Vintage 1970s Czech Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Vintage Danish Tea Set by Einer Hellerøe for BR Keramik, 1950s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish tea set by Einer Hellerøe for BR Keramik, 1950s This set consist of one teapot with braided handle and six small tea cups. This series was designed 1958 and named Ama...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Set of 12 Vintage Bavaria Cups and Saucers, Hummingbirds of the World, 1979
By Franklin MInt
Located in London, GB
On offer is a set of 12 hand painted cups and saucers made in Bavaria (Germany) in 1979 for the Franklin Mint in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund. The set is called "Hummin...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Vintage Aynsley Porcelain Fruit and Roses Tea Set, by JA Bailey and D Jones
By John Aynsley
Located in London, GB
A fabulously decorative harlequin set of eleven vintage Aynsley porcelain tea cups and saucers, in multicoloured glazes, hand-decorated and signed by the artists JA Bailey and D Jone...
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Mid-20th Century English Victorian Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Chamberlain's Worcester Orphaned Porcelain Coffee Cup, Dragons, circa 1810
By Chamberlains Worcester
Located in London, GB
This is a super charming orphaned coffee cup made by Chamberlains in Worcester, circa 1810. The cup is decorated with the famous "Dragons in Compartments" pattern. This cup would mak...
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Antique 1810s English George III Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Longwy French Ceramic Cloisonné Art Deco Coffee Tea Suite
By Faïenceries et Emaux de Longwy
Located in Oakland, CA
Longwy French ceramic Cloisonné Art Deco coffee tea suite. Perfect original condition with all matching pieces. Octagon shaped large tray, coffee or tea dispenser with creamer, sugar...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Set of 6 Chamberlain's Worcester Porcelain Coffee Cups, Dragons, circa 1810
By Chamberlains Worcester
Located in London, GB
This is a rare set of six orphaned coffee cups made by Chamberlains in Worcester circa 1810. The cups are decorated with the famous "Dragons in Compartments" pattern. The set is stil...
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Antique 1810s English George III Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Worcester Orphaned Porcelain Coffee Cup, Hop and Trellis, Georgian, circa 1775
By 1st Period Worcester Dr. Wall
Located in London, GB
This is a rare and beautiful coffee cup made by Worcester circa 1775 in their first or the "Dr Wall" period. The cup is decorated in the "hope and trellis" pattern, which is one of t...
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Antique 1770s English George III Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Minton Porcelain Coffee Cup, Kakiemon Tiger Pattern, D Regent Shape, ca 1835
By Minton
Located in London, GB
This is a very charming coffee cup and saucer made by Minton around the year 1835. The set is potted in the D-Regent shape and decorated with a Kakiemon-style tiger pattern. Minton ...
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Antique 1830s English Early Victorian Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Midcentury Japanese Satsuma Lithophane Geisha Eggshell Fine Porcelain Tea Set
By Satsuma
Located in Bochum, NRW
Delicate vintage Satsuma Dragon tea set Moriage Lithophane Geisha - Service for 4 eggshell fine porcelain, each cup has a Geisha girl lithophane on the bottom. The lids are decorate...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Anglo-Japanese Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Davenport Porcelain Coffee Cup, Gilt, Hand Painted Flowers, Regency ca 1825
By Davenport Porcelain
Located in London, GB
This is a beautifully decorated coffee cup and saucer made by Davenport in about 1825, which was the Regency era. The cup is white with a beautiful decoration of gilt and hand painte...
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Antique 1820s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Rare Cubic Tea Set, in Style of Rolf Sinnemark, 1980s
By Rolf Sinnemark
Located in Schagen, NL
This stunning and rare Hexagonal tea service, unfortunately unsigned, was most likely designed and manufactured in Sweden by Rolf Sinnemark for Rorstrand. This glazed porcelain or st...
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Art Deco Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Kerr & Binns Worcester Porcelain Coffee Cup, Puce Putti Playing, circa 1855
By Kerr & Binns Worcester
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful coffee cup and saucer made by Kerr & Binns in Worcester in circa 1855. The set is made in the "Sèvres" style with puce hand painted putti playing in a garden. ...
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Antique 1850s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Worcester Porcelain Chocolate Cup, Blue Scale Japanese Kakiemon, 18th Century
By 1st Period Worcester Dr. Wall
Located in London, GB
This is a rare and beautiful chocolate cup with a lid made by Worcester circa 1775 in their First or the "Dr Wall" period. Worcester was one of the first potteries in Britain to c...
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Antique 1770s English George III Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Wileman Porcelain Tea Set, Chrysanthemum, Pastel Colors, Art Nouveau, 1896
By Wileman
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful tea-for-two set (or tete a tete) made by Wileman in 1896. The set consists of two teacup trios, a milk jug and a slop bowl. The set is printed with the Chrysan...
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Antique 1890s English Art Nouveau Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Rockingham Porcelain Tea Service, Cream, Gilt and Flowers, Rococo Revival, 1832
By Rockingham
Located in London, GB
This is a stunning full tea service made by Rockingham in circa 1832, which was the Rococo Revival era. It is cream white with gilt and beautiful hand painted flowers. The service co...
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Antique 1830s English Rococo Revival Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Midcentury Tea Set by Luc Vallauris Provencal Studio Art Pottery Faience Ceramic
By Luc Vallauris
Located in FR
Vallauris tea set by Luc French Studio Pottery France, circa 1950-1960 Stylish 1950s-1960s Art Pottery tea service 4 cups and saucers Tea and sugar pot Measurements given are fo...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic, Faience

New Hall Orphaned Porcelain Tea Bowl, Famille Rose Pattern, Georgian, circa 1795
By New Hall
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful little tea bowl made by New Hall in circa 1795. The bowl is made of fluted hybrid hard paste porcelain and decorated in a "Famille Rose" pattern. The bowl would h...
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Antique 1790s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

New Hall Porcelain Tea Service, Chinoiserie Flower Sprays, Georgian, circa 1795
By New Hall
Located in London, GB
This is a stunning tea service made by New Hall in circa 1795. The service is made of hybrid hard paste porcelain and decorated in a bold Chinoiserie pattern of large flower sprays. ...
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Antique 1790s English George III Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Coalport John Rose Porcelain Tea Service, White and Gilt, Georgian, circa 1795
By Coalport Porcelain, John Rose
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful tea service made by John Rose (Early Coalport) in circa 1795, which was the Georgian era. The service is beautiful white with gilt decorations and it consists of ...
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Antique 1790s English George III Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Belleek Porcelain Cabaret Tea Set, White, Japonism Dragon, Victorian, 1863-1891
By Belleek Pottery Ltd.
Located in London, GB
This is an extremely rare and stunning Belleek cabaret set serving just one, in the "Dragon" style, which was inspired by antique Chinese and Japanese originals. It consists of a tea...
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Antique Late 19th Century Northern Irish Late Victorian Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Tea Coffee Service Rathbone and Miles Mason, Pagoda Blue and White, 1810-1815
By Miles Mason Porcelain, Rathbone
Located in London, GB
This is a wonderful tea and coffee service serving 6 with the beautiful Pagoda pattern in blue and white transfer. The coffee pot was made by Rathbone and the cups and saucers by Mil...
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Antique 1810s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Crown Derby Porcelain Breakfast Tea Set, White and Gilt, George III, 1782-1800
By Crown Derby
Located in London, GB
This is a very stunning porcelain breakfast set (also called Tête à Tête) made by the Crown Derby Porcelain Company some time between 1782 and 1800. It is made of white porcelain wit...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Derby King Street Set of 6 Porcelain Tea Trios, White with Tiny Roses, 1848-1862
By Derby King Street
Located in London, GB
This is a set of 6 beautifully made trios, each consisting of a teacup, a coffee cup and a saucer, made by the Derby King Street factory probably between 1848 and 1862.   The ...
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Antique 1850s English Victorian Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Vintage Danish Tableware by J. H. Quistgaard, 1960s
By Jens Harald Quistgaard, Kronjyden
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish tableware by J. H. Quistgaard, 1960s Danish ceramic tea set model Relief, designed by Jens Harald Quistgaard (IHQ) in 1959/1960. Primarily from Kronjyden, the first m...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic, Teak

Vintage Glass Coffee Set, Italy, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Glass coffee set is a wonderful glass decorative object, realized during the 1970s. Beautifully glass set of six little coffee small cup with metal handles. Label of manufacturer ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Tea Sets

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Metal

  • Vintage Glass Coffee Set, Italy, 1970s
  • Vintage Glass Coffee Set, Italy, 1970s
  • Vintage Glass Coffee Set, Italy, 1970s
  • Vintage Glass Coffee Set, Italy, 1970s
H 2.56 in. W 2.76 in. D 3.55 in.
Vintage Glass Coffee Set, Italy, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Glass coffee set is a wonderful glass decorative object, realized during the 1970s. Beautifully glass set of six little coffeesmall cup with metal handles. Label of manufacturer ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Tea Sets

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Metal

  • Vintage Glass Coffee Set, Italy, 1970s
  • Vintage Glass Coffee Set, Italy, 1970s
  • Vintage Glass Coffee Set, Italy, 1970s
  • Vintage Glass Coffee Set, Italy, 1970s
H 2.56 in. W 2.76 in. D 3.55 in.
Vintage Seltmann Weiden Coffee Set, 1970s
By Seltmann Weiden
Located in Roma, IT
Seltmann Weiden coffee set is an elegant porcelain decorative set, realized during the 1970s century by Seltmann Weiden Bavaria This is a very elegant coffee set decorated with ge...
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Vintage 1970s German Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Vintage Kontrollstelle for Rosenthal Germany Coffee / Dessert Set 54 Pieces
By Rosenthal
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage coffee set designed by Kontrollstelle for Rosenthal Germany. The porcelain set comes in a bone white and taupe colorway. A complete serving for 14 people plus two extra cake ...
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Mid-20th Century German Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Vintage Art Deco Pewter Teaset by Harald Buchrucker, Germany, 1940s
By Harald Buchrucker
Located in Roma, IT
Art Deco teapot with two cups is an original decorative set realized between the 1930s and the 1940s. Original pewter. Realixed by Harald Buchrucker, made in Germany. Good...
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Vintage 1940s German Art Deco Tea Sets

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Pewter

Set of 6 Vintage Royal Albert Flowers of the Month Teacup or Saucer
Located in Livingston, NJ
Set of 6 teacup and saucers by Royal Albert. They are English porcelain and are from the "Flower of the Month Series". See photos of bottom. Each cup has a different flower that goes...
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Late 20th Century English Tea Sets

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Porcelain

1970s Brass Bamboo Creamer and Sugar Set in the Hollywood Regency Style
Located in New York, NY
A chic vintage 1970s brass plated tea/coffee creamer and sugar set with bamboo detail in the Hollywood Regency style. Great design style with bamboo details around edge and handle an...
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Vintage 1970s Hollywood Regency Tea Sets

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Metal, Brass

Wedgwood Creamware Trio, Chrysanthemum Pattern, Regency, ca 1815
By Wedgwood
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful "true trio" made by Wedgwood in about 1815. It is decorated with the famous Chrysanthemum pattern and consists of a teacup and a coffee can sharing one saucer. A ...
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Antique 1810s English Chinoiserie Tea Sets

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Creamware

Staffordshire Porcelain Teacup Trio, Cobalt Blue, Gilt, Flowers, Regency
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful trio consisting of a teacup, a coffee cup and a saucer, made by a Staffordshire factory some time, circa 1825. It has a cobalt blue ground with cream and gilt pat...
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Antique 1820s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

New Hall Porcelain Teacup Trio, Imari Vine Pattern, Regency, ca 1810
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful true trio made by New Hall around the year 1810. It consists of a teacup, coffee cup and saucer - as you would never drink tea and coffee at the same time, why wo...
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Antique 1810s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

New Hall Porcelain Trio, Imari Vine Grey and Purple, Regency, circa 1810
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful true trio made by New Hall around the year 1810. It consists of a teacup, coffee cup and saucer, as you would never drink tea and coffee at the same time, why wou...
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Antique 1810s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Yates Porcelain Teacup Trio, Cobalt Blue, Gilt and Flowers, Regency, ca 1825
Located in London, GB
This is beautiful "true trio" consisting of a teacup, a coffee cup and a saucer made by Yates in about 1825, which is known as the Regency period. The set was decorated with the famo...
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Antique 1820s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Porcelain Teacup Trio, Spode Imari Tobacco Leaf Patt. 967, Regency ca 1815 '2'
By Spode
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful true trio made by Spode around 1815. The set is decorated in the famous Imari Tobacco Leaf pattern 967. In the early 19th Century, cups and saucers were sold as "...
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Antique 1810s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Coalport John Rose Porcelain Teacup, Imari, Regency, ca 1815
By Coalport Porcelain, John Rose
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful teacup and saucer made by John Rose / Coalport in about 1815, which was the Regency era. The set is decorated with a stunning Imari pattern. Coalport was one o...
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Antique 1810s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Derby King Street Porcelain Teacup Trio, White with Tiny Roses, 1848-1862
By Derby King Street
Located in London, GB
This is a beautifully made trio consisting of a teacup, a coffee cup and a saucer, made by the Derby King Street factory probably between 1848 and 1862. The Derby Porcelain Company ...
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Antique 1850s English Victorian Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Herculaneum Porcelain Teacup Trio, Blue and Gilt Regency, 1800-1815
By Herculaneum Pottery
Located in London, GB
This is a teacup, saucer and plate made by the Herculaneum pottery in Liverpool between about 1800 and 1815. The Herculaneum pottery was founded by Samuel Worthington in Liverpool a...
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Antique 1810s English Regency Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Wedgwood Dark Blue Neoclassical Jasperware Porcelain Teapot, 1 Pint, 1921
By Wedgwood
Located in London, GB
This is a genuine Wedgwood Jasperware teapot, made in 1921. It serves about 1 pint, or 4 cups. The teapot is a fabulous example of this very famous series, depicting Neoclassical sce...
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Vintage 1920s English Neoclassical Tea Sets

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Porcelain

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Vintage Tea Cups For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of vintage tea cups available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of ceramic, porcelain and metal, all vintage tea cups available were constructed with great care. Find 224 antique and vintage vintage tea cups at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 2 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Vintage tea cups have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Vintage tea cups are generally popular furniture pieces, but Regency, Georgian and Mid-Century Modern styles are often sought at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made vintage tea cups over the years, but those made by Coalport Porcelain, John Rose and Josiah Spode are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Vintage Tea Cups?

Prices for vintage tea cups start at $144 and top out at $10,500 with the average selling for $425.

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.

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