This month we are featuring a selection of stackable tea pots from our massive Royal Winton chintz collection. When you walk into our museum, one of the most eye-catching displays is that of Royal Winton’s chintz patterns. These beautiful patterns feature earthenware bodies that are accented with intricately detailed floral designs known as chintz. One of the most beloved piece types made by Royal Winton is the stackable tea pot. These 4-piece miniature sets feature a tea pot, open sugar bowl, creamer, and lid. Each piece stands 5 3/4” tall.
Floral chintz patterns date back to the early 17th century. English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian adventurers were busy exploring and searching for the new world. Many visitors who explored the East returned with treasures from the lands they had visited. Several explorers brought with them fantastically decorated fabrics from India. Generally, these fabrics were thickly woven and featured brightly colored floral and bird designs.
The intricately decorated fabrics became popular throughout the European continent. Many china companies would use the fabrics for inspiration in producing new dinnerware designs. Royal Winton and 'chintz' dinnerware have become closely linked during a century of production of chintz patterns. The word "chintz" is derived from the Hindu word "chint," meaning broad, brightly printed fabric. The term evolved further to mean printed calico fabrics that were exported from India to Europe and Great Britain starting in the 17th century.
In the terms of dinnerware, “chintz” has come to define ceramic dinnerware pieces for which the entire surface of the piece is covered with bold, intricate floral patterns. Some chintz patterns even feature exotic birds. These intricate designs are applied to the ceramic blanks via a lithographic process developed by Royal Winton. This process allowed the intricately patterned chintz pieces to be economically produced, and the popularity of chintz patterns increased significantly.
Royal Winton has a long and distinguished history that dates back to 1885 when two brothers, Leonard Lumsden Grimwade and Sidney Richard, opened the Grimwade Brothers Factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England. In 1913, King George V and Queen Mary visited the Grimwade Factory and soon after bestowed a prestigious royal warrant on the Grimwades. To commemorate the event, the Grimwade brothers molded a ceramic foot warmer as a gift to the royal couple. The Grimwade Brothers Factory adopted the trade name “Royal Winton” for use in ads being run in potter’s magazines in the late 1920s.
In 1928, the company released its first chintz pattern, entitled Marguerite, which was an immediate sales success. Royal Winton continued producing chintz patterns until the 1960’s, when the increasingly high cost of production and the painstaking work involved in decorating chintz pieces caused the company to discontinue production of the elaborate designs. Because Royal Winton produced chintz lines for a relatively short period of time, many of their chintz patterns have become rare and highly collectible.
Replacements carries a large number of chintz patterns and pieces made by this amazing company, including, Marguerite , Summertime , Old Cottage Chintz , and Welbeck . The design for the Marguerite pattern came from a pillow that Leonard Grimwade’s wife was stitching. Mrs. Grimwade’s pillow was decorated with a replication of an Indian chintz fabric. Marguerite became an instant sales success. Two years following the release of this pattern, Grimwades, Ltd. changed their name to Royal Winton. Since that time, the Royal Winton name has been associated with fantastically designed chintz patterns. Royal Winton stackable tea pots are highly collectible. Some tea pots may go for a couple hundred dollars while others may sale for several thousand.
If you are interested in purchasing rare Royal Winton chintz tea pots, coffee pots, and more, simply follow this link. The Replacements, Ltd. purchasing group has been hard at work locating these unique and historical pieces of china. We offer a variety of piece types and patterns, each featuring the intricate chintz florals for which the Royal Winton Company has come to be known.
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