When it comes to mealtimes, afternoon tea is one of our favourites. Who can resist scones, cakes and freshly brewed tea? Definitely not us. The tradition is believed to have started in the mid-1800s by the Duchess of Bedford before becoming popular in Britain, establishing itself as England’s favourite past time. In Singapore, we are blessed with a plethora of options, from the iconic Tiffin Room at Raffles Hotel to the elegant The Landing Point at the Fullerton Bay Hotel.
If you prefer indulging in the comfort of your own sanctuary, though, a beautiful tea set is just what you need. After all, there’s nothing like luxurious teaware to inject a dash of British charm into your abode. Fortunately for us, there’s no shortage of well-designed options in the market. Produced by the likes of high-end brands such as Hermès and fine china and porcelain manufacturer Wedgwood, these tea sets will make a good addition to your homeware collection.
Whether you want to throw an extravagant afternoon tea party à la the Mad Hatter or invite a few close friends over for a much-needed catch-up session, check out these stunning tea sets that will allow you to dine in complete luxury. Now all you need is some freshly baked scones.
Fornasetti, the brand known for creating high-end candles, offers an eye-catching tea collection featuring Piero Fornasetti’s signature paintings. The Soli tea set includes a teapot, as well as cups and saucers decorated with a sun motif set against a gold background and finished with gold rims.
From S$305 for a teacup set, www.fornasetti.com
With afternoon tea remaining a British institution, there’s no better brand to look to than one used by British royalty. Wedgwood, known for its range of bone china pieces, has gorgeous collections fit for a queen.
One design, the Vibrance floral three-piece set, incorporates vibrant hues and floral prints revived from the Wedgwood archives. The set consists of a dessert plate, teacup and saucer.
This stunning set by Keramos Nazari features hand-painted patterns based on a traditional Portuguese design from the 17th century.
Crafted in glazed earthenware — which was made in Portugal — the 20-piece set for four includes dinner and salad plates, cereal bowls, cups, and saucers.
S$805.70 for the whole set, www.neimanmarcus.com
Among the high-end brands creating luxurious homeware is French fashion house Hermès. The beautiful Carnets d’Equateur porcelain collection features hand-painted illustrations by naturalist and painter Robert Dallet, and is embellished with images of jaguars, macaws, panthers and impalas, and lush foliage.
The collection features a wide range of items, such as bowls, dessert plates, sugar bowls, and teacups and saucers.
From S$1,021 for a teacup and saucer, www.usa.hermes.com
New York-based Mackenzie-Childs is known for creating handcrafted and hand-painted ceramics inspired by a child’s imagination.
Take the Parchment Check teacup set, for example, which looks like it came right out of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. The collection features colour-dragged checks, blending parchment, taupe, gold and aqua, and gold rims and accents.