- The loveliest new traditional willow picnic hampers and baskets fitted out with quality accessories - many with the unique addition of English vintage fine bone china
- Delightful vintage English fine bone china beautifully boxed as gifts
- Vintage decoupage glass plates handmade in South Carolina by a small family firm named Twigs & Moss
One of our unique and elegant hampers and willow baskets will make your summer concert, picnic or even your daily chores more of a pleasure...
Or make the best wedding, birthday, anniversary, engagement or anniversary present you will ever give.
A little bit of history...
From the mid 16th century imported Chinese Porcelain was highly prized in Europe and its production method a closely guarded secret. The German Meissen factory first unlocked the formula in Europe in 1708 and the first English success came in 1748 in Thomas Frye’s factory in Bow, East London.
By 1750 there were 130 potteries in Staffordshire and by the end of the century Josiah Spode had perfected the process of making what came to be know as bone china at his factory in Stoke - using bone ash and white clay from Cornwall, fired in the heat of Staffordshire coal.
In 1791 the East India Company announced it would no longer be importing Chinese Porcelain – and for almost 200 years fine bone china produced in and around Stoke on Trent became an almost exclusively English product.