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Monday, October 15, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Fall Fruit And Colors

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! It's been beautiful this week... cool mornings and lovely afternoons. Leaves are everywhere... I was reminded of this page from an old Victoria magazine....

“October gave a party, the leaves by hundreds came - 
the Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples, 
and leaves of every name.”
by George Cooper

My tea for this week was as usual on one of the 2 small tables in my sunroom. Just me, my Honey is recovering from surgery, and sleeping a lot, so not joining me as he usually does for afternoon tea...I take it to him in bed. He is recovering well, but with age and Parkinson's Disease it is a slow process. But we are blessed and grateful he is doing as well as he is!

I had forgotten about this 1970s Arthur Wood, England fruit pattern teapot, so brought it out for tea...

The large 40 ounce teapot has different fruits on each side... apples on one side and a pear and grapes on the other.,,, very autumn!
The pattern is signed, but I can't quite make out the designer... George something...

Arthur Wood started in 1904 from a branch of the prolific Wood pottery family in the Stoke-on-Trent area.
They went into administration in 2003, and were sold to Rayware Ltd., producing kitchenware and household goods.
They have continued to use the Arthur Wood (and Price Kensington as well) but many are no longer made in the UK but are made in China or Indonesia.
The number on this pattern dates it to the late 1970s.

I am looking at fall magazines I have from past years... this is a UK Country Life from 1998 that features autumn gardens.
I found some Pumpkin Scones...my first dive into the plethora of pumpkin treats this time of year...except, of course for the pumpkin spice teas I have been enjoying...

And my autumn teacup is a Victorian era Sutherland Imari teacup trio in an unusual colorway.

The term Imari was taken from the colors of the Imari region of Japan and adopted by English potters early in the Victorian era.

This is unusual because the lime green is dominant with the sepia or reddish brown transfreware with deep cobalt blue and lots of gold.

I love Imari, and Violet, Dowager Duchess of Grantham had several different sets of it through the Downton Abbey series...I'll be looking out for it in the upcoming movie.
Imari was popular until the 1940s in one form or another, but was not considered "modern" enough following World War II.

I'll eave you with this wonderful autumn window view.
I found it on Pinterest, but no source was given.

Love it!
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  1. What a lovely tea pot and cup! Thank you for sharing all the information about the teacup, and I too, will now pay attention to Lady Violet's tea things when I watch Downton!

  2. The teapot is lovely and the info on Imari is very interesting. I have one Imari teacup which I haven't used in ages. Must pull it out one of these days. I'm looking forward to the Downton movie as well. Enjoy your day, Ruth!

  3. Oh my!That trio is divine!I fell in love with it!Gorgeous teapot too!Thanks for hosting,dear Ruth.

  4. What a lovely fall posting and puts us all in the mood. I just went down to find my Chili Recipe as it certainly is that time of year! Such pretty pieces you are showing today!

  5. What a pretty fall-themed tea vignette. I have an Arthur Wood teapot in similar shape, but mine is decorated with roses. Thank you for hosting, Ruth!

  6. Ruth, what a beautiful post. I love the "real" Arthur Wood made in the UK. And a 40-ounce pot is so much handier than a 32-ounce. I also had pumpkin on my mind; hope you like it! Glad your husband is "doing as well as he is."

  7. Ruth, we couldn't wait to have such a pretty tea set! I love the one on the cover of the U.K. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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