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Console Table by Matthew Boulton. I have the privilege of seeing this beautiful piece of furniture almost every day of my life at the moment as I am working at Soho House Museum where it can be found in the entrance hall of the House!

RESERVED Tea Set Blue Teapot Creamer / Milk Jug Sugar Bowl - Johnson Brothers Grey Dawn Tulip

RESERVED Tea Set Blue Teapot Creamer / Milk Jug Sugar Bowl - Johnson Brothers Grey Dawn Tulip. £19.98, via Etsy.

The earliest surviving Parisian silver teapot. (1699) The custom of tea drinking was still relatively new in France when this teapot was made, and its small size reflects the high cost of tea. Tea never gained the popularity of either coffee or chocolate in France, and silver teapots do not seem to have been produced in large quantities in the eighteenth century.

English Georgian Tea Bowls 1760- 1830 Originally the cups were without handles and called tea bowls. Engravings of the time show ladies and gentlemen drinking tea from tea bowls held daintily between thumb and forefinger. It is thought that often the tea was drunk from the deep saucers which accompany these early tea bowls. Tea was very expensive at this time.