With summer upon us, there’s no better way to beat the heat than to retreat indoors and have high tea with friends or recline in the shade with a fan and a pot of refreshing tea, watching the world go by! Doing it in style makes it all that much more fun and now you can recreate the decadent and romantic scenes of the Victorian and Edwardian eras with a 12-piece napkin and 3-piece tea pot set worth $7,000 from Authentiques, which imports beautiful 18th and 19th century antique furniture and homeware from Europe.
Afternoon tea was a very important part of the social etiquette “back in the day” and the correct tea set would have been imperative. This stunning 19th century teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl would’ve lent the perfect touch to the afternoon tea table in any gracious English home and now it can become the centrepiece for your very chic 21st century set-up!
Of course, no tea party is complete without beautiful linen and these sets from Authentiques are all one-of-a-kind. Their set of 12 French linen napkins are 100 years old but still in beautiful condition. According to medieval traditions, they were presented to a new bride often in a wooden hope chest to help the bride set up her new marriage home. This “trousseau” was usually stored meticulously in an armoire and covered with cloths for protection. Authentiques napkins are 100% linen, with a damask pattern and original monograms.
The team at Authentiques pride themselves on their bespoke advice and services. The winner can select their favourite colour and the napkins will be sent to France where they will be carefully hand-dyed and delivered to your door in Hong Kong! No two households will have the same monogram, pattern or colour combination, which makes them a truly unique addition to your home.