V&A Mythical Beasts Reflect Gold Teacup and Saucer Set
Mythical Beasts is inspired by rare and highly decorative patterns from both Thomas Rose Coalport and Miles Mason. By bringing together these unusual designs and adding in an eastern-inspired, surreal background, Richard has re-imagined Coalport’s mythical creatures in a particularly striking way.
At first glance these beastly dragons look somewhat menacing but upon closer inspection it becomes clear they are really rather friendly. Indeed, in East Asian symbolism, dragons are thought to bring good fortune, something which may not have been appreciated by 19th Century porcelain designers.
Richard Brendon has collaborated with the V&A to create a collection of exquisite bone china, in order to shine a light on the golden era of Georgian ceramics. The V&A collection consists of four striking saucers to pair with his signature gold and platinum reflective teacups.
The original Reflect collection breathes life into 'orphaned' antique saucers, which have lost their matching teacups over time. When the reflective cups are placed onto the patterned antique saucer, they perfectly mirror the design below, making it appear as though the pair have always belonged together.
For the first instalment of the collaboration, Richard has selceted four of his favourite patterns from the V&A's vast archives and re-imagined them with playful and whimsical twists. A great deal of consideration has gone into the research, design and creation of each of the saucers; the attention to detail in the patterns, illustrations, printing and manufacturing is second to none.
To bring the collection to life, Richard has partnered with illustrator Chris Martin and, as always, the phenomenally skilled potters of Stoke-on-Trent, the home of British ceramics.
ø14.5cm / ø5.7"
150ml / 5floz
The production of pottery in Stoke-on-Trent dates back to at least the 17th Century, and still today every piece of our bone china is made to the absolute highest quality by master craftspeople in Stoke-on-Trent.
The knowledge and experience passed down through generations of potters have contributed to the expert processes used in the creation of our bone china collections. By working in Stoke-on-Trent, we support this heritage British industry and work to preserve and refine the masterful craft techniques and processes that make it the best in the world.
In order to preserve the intricate gold and platinum detailing on the mugs from this collection, we would recommend hand washing these items as they are not classed as dishwasher safe.
Pieces from the V&A Collection are not safe to use in the microwave due to their gold and platinum detailing.
Stubborn stains can be removed by soaking in a mild bleach solution for up to one hour without damaging the china. Scouring pads or abrasive washing agents must not be used.
When storing saucers, try not to slide them over one another as this may cause tiny scratches in the glaze. We recommend a paper napkin is placed between each saucer.
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