Do I choose Vintage or New China for my mismatched afternoon tea set?
Well we think you can mix both.
|A selection of mismatched china.|
Let's start with vintage china. What exactly is it? The term vintage has become synonymous with china made 35 years ago or more. So that makes anything manufactured between 1913 - 1978 vintage. Of course each year that passes puts the date range up by a year - so in 2014 the range will be 1914 - 1979 and so on. By the way for an item to be classed as antique it must be 100 years old.
|ART DECO MISMATCHED TEA SET|
The confusion occurs when manufacturers of new china call their range 'Vintage'. What they really mean is 'in the vintage style'. Most modern china has simple clean lines and is often of a mono-colour. New 'vintage style' china will be more elaborate in shape and pattern and usually have a floral or bird design copying the gorgeous patterns of years gone by.
Many authentic vintage china pieces were individually hand painted especially those made in the Art Deco period and earlier. To purchase a new hand painted piece today is much more expensive than most pockets feel comfortable with.
Today's new techniques in transfer printing have made it possible to produce some beautiful designs.
|ENCHANTE New Bone China Collection.|
|SHELTONIAN CHINA Teacups and Saucers.|
|VINTAGE SADLER TEAPOT c.1950's|
Many vintage tea sets were sold without a teapot. The teapot was also the first item in a set to become damaged probably because it was used so often. The alternative of course is to add a new bone china teapot to your mismatched teaset.
|'Vintage Roses' a new bone china teapot in the vintage style.|
So why mismatched tea sets? That one is easy to answer. Not only are mismatched china tea sets very fashionable at present but should a piece get broken then the whole set is not spoiled. You can replace a single piece or a teacup, saucer and tea plate trio with another.
|Maxwell Williams ENCHANTE Collection of new afternoon tea china.|
...... And finally this seasons colours are bright. Just take a look at the fashions in the shops.
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