I found this royal cobalt blue tea set buried under piles of relics among a group of dilapidated farm barns and outbuildings in unincorporated San Bernardino County California. Like Mike and Frank we were digging and picking on American Pickers when a glint of blue arose through years of dust and curled old cardboard boxes that had gotten wet through holes in the roof just a few too many times. The boxes stuck to the set like glue giving the sense that 40 years or more had gone by. But with careful digging, this complete and undamaged set emerged. Holkham Studio Pottery was established in 1951 on the Holkham estate in Norfolk by Lady Elizabeth, wife of the 5th Earl of Leicester.Holkham Hall, home to the Earls of Leicester, is a Palladian style mansion built in the mid 1700s. Because the Earl said a decent brick hadnt been made in England since the Romans left, he imported artists from Italy to make the worlds finest bricks, and built kilns and a factory on site to produce the bricks.
The pottery studio was set up in an old bowling hall built by the 2nd Earl of Leicester in 1867. (If you love Downton Abbey) Lady Elizabeth broke tradition by being the first major estate holder to set up a manufacturing business on the grounds of an aristocratic estate and had an on-site gift shop. They produced lamp bases, floral wares, commemorative items, and table and dinner ware. They also had an artist studio where pottery was handmade by different artisans.Holkham Pottery was incorporated in 1961 and ceased manufacturing in 2007. We think this mid-century modern tea set was produced between 1951 and 1971, before or after Holkham Pottery incorporated-but we have been unable to attribute the piece directly to Holkham even though we have researched with Holkham directly. After 1961, marks on their wares bore the name Holkham Pottery, Ltd. Marks on these pieces are not discernible. There are marks, we just cant read them. This contemporary pattern is known as the Owl design, because when you turn the handle of a piece toward you, you can see the eyes of an owl looking back at you. The design is sleek and reminiscent of the very popular looks of the 1950s and is easy to hold in your hands. Your fingers fit through the handle easily making the cups and tea pot easy to hold. We believe the cups and sauces beat mold numbers but you be the judge. Its a pretty tea set and completely unique.
I dare you to show me youve found another. This is an exceptionally well proportioned set glazed in royal cobalt blue with a varying semi-gloss to eggshell finish. It consists of a tea pot with lid, 4 matching mugs and 4 matching saucers. The teapot measures 7 1/2 from spout to handle, 6 tall and 7 wide forming a perfect ball from which the owls eyes were designed from what Michelangelo called, the use of negative space.The ovoid owls eye mugs are 2 3/4 tall, an elegant 5 from top lip to tip of handle, and 2 34 wide. Tall; matching ovoid owls eye sauces sit 3/8 tall, 6 1/4 inches from end to end, and 5 wide.
The entire set weights 7 1/2 lbs. The set is in excellent condition with no visible chips, cracks or crazing.
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