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Halcyon Days

Halcyon Days began as a gift emporium in 1950s Mayfair, London. Their team of highly skilled craftspeople and master artists employ techniques that have been handed down for generations - with their methods and creative practices altered very little from those of an 18th century potter.

Their belief in cherishing, promoting and developing English craftsmanship lies at the very core of all Halcyon Days produce. They are committed to nurturing sustainable craft techniques as well as supporting the United Kingdom’s manufacturing industry, with their team based in the West Midlands.

Halcyon Days are one of the few companies globally to hold all three Royal Warrants as well as the only supplier of Objets d’Art to the British Royal Household. Thanks to the level of care put into the quality of their products, alongside the constantly evolving selection of fine bone china, Halcyon Days have become the destination for English luxury gifting.

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Halcyon Days Black Palm Mug

Handmade in England in the heart of the famous Potteries, a beautifully decorated 24-carat gilded fine bone china mug from Halcyon Days.

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A single palm tree stretches along this beautiful fine bone china mug. Gold details contrasts the deep black backdrop. Vibrant green tropical colours bring a touch of jungle luxury to your morning coffee.

This piece is a part of the ‘Magnificent Animals’ Halcyon Days collection. 

Halcyon Days Black Palm Mug

Colour: Black
Dimensions: 11, 7, 8cm
Materials: Fine Bone China

DO NOT USE IN DISHWASHER
DO NOT USE IN MICROWAVE

Made by Halcyon Days in England.
About Halcyon Days

Established in 1950, Halcyon Days began as a small emporium of antique gifts in Avery Row, Mayfair, London. Now with head office in Knightsbridge and manufacturing in the famous Potteries, tradition is at the heart of everything that Halcyon Days does. As the modern specialist guardian of enamelling, highly skilled craftsmen and master artists employ refined techniques that have been handed down for generations.

With a belief in promoting, cherishing, developing and maintaining British craftsmanship and manufacturing, Halcyon Days is now also known for its English fine bone china and fashion accessories, establishing itself as the destination for luxury gifts.

Stories

Porcelain: From China to Europe

The Chinese have been crafting porcelain for over 1000 years before The East India Company even arrived in China in 1637, when their east-west trading began. The opportunity was clear and up to the start of the 18th century, traditional shapes were modified for western demand, whilst retaining traditional Chinese decorations and patterns.

This porcelain was brought back to London by The East India Company pioneers and was very popular amongst wealthy customers who had some involvement with the Company, such as London merchants, ship captains, governors, and politicians.

Into the 18th century, now instead of complementing the European market with distinctive Chinese designs, China started to compete directly with European manufacturers, making goods entirely according to western specification, in both shape and now pattern. European families might order entire dinner services emblazoned with their own coat of arms.

Tea exports from China were booming. Porcelain production too.
The two mighty commodities came together in the form of the first porcelain teapots - the East India Company started to commission Chinese designers to create teapots in porcelain, because of the durability compared to what was available in England. A longer spout that better met tea drinking habits of the Europeans changed the design of the small clay teapots that had been created in China 200 years before.

Much is made of the East India Company’s discovery and importation of porcelain from China, yet for most of the eighteenth century it made up no more than 2% of the total annual value of the Company’s China trade.

But it was the catalyst for the British porcelain industry, which was about to take off, with consequent decline in imports from China.

What happened next? See our Story ‘Porcelain: From Chinoiserie to the Brown Betty’.

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  • FAQ

    Is this product dishwasher safe?
    No. Fine bone china items decorated with precious metals should always be hand washed, and never placed in a dishwasher.

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