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The History of Bone China

The History of Bone China

Bone china is a delicate paste made of clay minerals and bone ash. Bone china was originally developed in East London in the mid 18th century by a potter named Thomas Frye. Later, the potter Josiah Spode improved upon the process with a formulation that was 6 parts bone ash, 4 parts china stone and 3.5 parts Kaolinite, a mineral known as “china clay". This formulation is still used today.

Bone china grew in popularity throughout England and beyond in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, where it was made into teapots, vases and tableware. Bone china was enjoyed for its delicate appearance and sturdy nature.

Today, bone china teapots are found in tea rooms and at tea parties. It is the perfect table setting when guests come over. Bone china is also a great presentation when you want to feel elegant and fancy.

One of our most popular bone china tea sets is our Ruby Filigree Tea Set. This nine-piece tea set features a lustrous red glazing and hand-finished gold accents.

On the other end of the spectrum, our Dandelion Tea Set is a simple yet playful take on the normally elaborate bone china tea set. This tea set features delicate dandelions and is finished with platinum boarders.

Which bone china tea set fits your personal style? Share with us in the comments.

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