Henry Cole Tea Service, made by Minton. Museum no. 2741:2746-1901

Henry Cole Tea Service, made by Minton. Museum no. 2741:2746-1901

Tea Service
Designed by Henry Cole (1808 - 1882)
Manufactured by Minton, Felix Summerly's Art Manufactures
England
1844 - 1846
Cream earthenware
Museum nos. 2741:2746-1901

Cole's determination to improve the quality of British design in the 1840s led him to design a tea service without applied decoration at a time when pattern was generally thought to increase an object's beauty and therefore its value. In 1846 Cole was awarded a prize medal by the Society of Arts for this comparatively simple design. Cole was made a committee member of the Society, and joined forces with the Society's President, Prince Albert, who shared his convictions about design.