Tea and coffee service, England

Tea and coffee service, England

Tea and coffee service
Made at Josiah Wedgwood's factory; transfer-printed in Liverpool by Guy Green (died 1799)
England, Staffordshire
About 1775
Creamware, transfer-printed in enamel
Museum no. 414/1155 to C-1885
Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

This selection from a Wedgwood tea and coffee service illustrates two of England's key contributions to ceramic history: creamware, a type of tough earthenware, and transfer-printing, an invention that revolutionised ceramic decoration worldwide.

Creamware was cheap, durable and well-suited to dinner and tea services. It was hugely popular between 1765 and 1820. Transfer-printing, perfected around 1750, enabled manufacturers to achieve high-quality decoration at a low cost.