Pretty vintage and discontinued bone china PEACH TREE chintz pattern by Royal Standard footed tea cup and saucer set with hand-painted gold trim and scalloped edges made in England. Excellent displayed condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or other damage to note. Deep colors of dark and other greens, burgundy and creamy white magnolia flowers. (c. 1950s)
"Royal Standard" was a trademark used on English china made by a potteries company called Chapmans Longton Ltd. This company was among the famous Staffordshire pottery companies, and based at Albert Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Longton was a center of pottery making from the mid-1700s.
Chintz dates back to the seventeenth century when exotic fabrics were imported to England from India. The Staffordshire potteries tried to emulate these patterns on their china designs. The early patterns had large flowers and exotic birds. By the 1820s, many potteries in the Staffordshire area manufactured chintz for everyday use. Many lovely Victorian patterns were made by companies, but today's collectors are interested in the chintz made during the 1920s through the 1950s.
Pottery that is produced in the Staffordshire potteries area of the United Kingdom are known as Staffordshire potteries. This area is in the Midlands - the potteries used to centre around six separate towns (Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall) which are now Stoke on Trent.
The area really came into focus as the powerhouse of pottery production in the UK and indeed in the world in the 1700-1800s, but the truth is, that this has been a significant pottery producing area for centuries. Staffordshire has plenty of clay, lead, salt and coal in the area which made it a perfect place for pottery production.
In early days potters would simply dig clay up from roads which is thought to have led to the term ‘potholes’! It was quite common for farmers to make pottery at this stage - the land was not good enough for them to make enough money from farming so many worked as potters as a sideline. Gradually many of the farmers moved into full-time pottery production.
In its heyday there were hundreds of manufacturers producing all kinds of pottery in Staffordshire - some of whom became famous names and some of whom are still producing pottery to this day. Well known pottery companies include: Wedgwood, Spode, Minton, Aynsley, Doulton and Twyford.
This fine bone china chintz teacup and saucer set measures (saucer) 5-3/4" diameter, (footed teacup) 2-3/4" tall, 3.5" diameter, 4.25" from the outside applied handle to the outside edge of the tea cup. Both pieces are marked with "Peach Tree" in pink ink, ROYAL STANDARD and their logo crown, FINE BONE CHINA and ENGLAND in light green ink.
A2583 - Vintage ROYAL STANDARD "Peach Tree" Bone China Chintz Tea Cup & Saucer Set England Discontinued