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Leuchars & Sons of Piccadilly, 1903

An extremely elegant and entirely complete travel tea set in ‘time-warp’ condition, by the London firm of Leuchars & Sons of Piccadilly, made to the famous 1898 design by Dr. Christopher Dresser (1834-1904). The double-door, long-grain green Morocco leather case with gilded monogram and clasps opens to reveal a tea kettle with folding stand and paraffin burner, a lidded teapot, sugar bowl, milk jug, cylindrical milk flask, tea caddy and a pair of 1903 Royal Worcester Blue Willow pattern porcelain tea cups with saucers, complete with their cushioned travel pads (usually missing). Each of the lids has a delicate, looped wicker handle and completing the set are the original tea spoons and sugar tongs, cleverly fitted to the insides of the doors. English, dated 1903 and in outstanding original condition.

Size of case: 11 x 7½ x 5½ inches (28 x 19 x 14 cm).

Leuchars was established at 47 Piccadilly in 1794 by James Leuchars. In 1820 the business relocated to 38 Piccadilly shortly before James Leuchars' death in 1823. Glasgow-born Christopher Dresser could be described as the world’s first industrial designer. Active from the late 1850’s he was one of the first people to run a large design studio, producing commercial and aesthetically beautiful objects across a whole range of design disciplines including wallpaper, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, carpets, glass and furniture.

Dresser became a hugely wealthy member of Victorian society and his designs - largely ahead of their time - influenced future generations of designers around the world.

Price Code: £££

Reference: 6327

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