1876 Royal Worcester Variety Patt. Blue & White Porcelain Teaset


A very rare 1876 Royal Worcester ‘Variety’ Novelty Pattern design set of 8 Blue and White porcelain cups and saucers in a geometric diamond shape and with Japanese decoration.
The cups and saucers are ‘as new’ and in perfect condition, except for the rim of one cup that has a small chip. Both the white porcelain cups and saucers are diamond shaped, with blue transfer decoration traditional Japanese motifs. These include geometric motifs, delicate fans, and graceful bamboo elements. Both the cups and saucers are profusely marked with impressed, printed and transfer marks for the Worcester Royal Porcelain Company Ltd (Royal Worcester). This takes the form of the standard crowned circle with the date mark 76 below. The angular edge of the cup where the drinker would apply the lips may have made this design unpopular, despite being very visually appealing and hence its rarity.
The opening of Japan to trade in 1854 led to a craze for Eastern design in the Western world, which in turn, began adapting motifs for their own wares. Japonisme, coined by the French art critic Philippe Burty in 1872, became an influential branch of the Aesthetic design. This tea set reflects the influence of Japanese aesthetics on Victorian design during the 19th century. Its Japanese-inspired patterns and motifs add an exotic touch to any tea gathering or display cabinet. It celebrates both artistic expression and cultural exchange between nations.
The design is very rare and was probably produced in very small quantities. The only examples that we have been able to find are in the Museum of the Home, in London, which was formerly the Geffrye Museum.
Size cup: 12 x 8.5 x 5 cm (4 ¾ x 3 3/8 x 2 inches)
Size saucer: 16 x 13.5 x 2.3 (6 ¼ x 5 ¼ x 7/8 inches)
Weight: 1540 g