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The Story Behind the Cover (Sept/Oct 2013)

The delicate china that graces TeaTime’s September/October 2013 cover is Royal Crown Derby Asian Rose. It was introduced in 1910 and continued to be made until 1995.

Founded in 1750, Royal Crown Derby is considered to be the oldest china company in Great Britain. Asian Rose is based on an earlier pattern, Grecian Rose, that was introduced during the first half of the 19th century. In 1815 the factory was leased to Robert Bloor, a company salesman and clerk. Bloor began producing works based on brightly colored Japanese Imari patterns, which had been imported from Japan extensively in the 17th and 18th centuries. Imari china features intricate geometric patterns layered with floral designs, with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze red and gold. These designs proved extremely popular for Royal Crown Derby, enabling Bloor to return the company to sound financial footing. They have lasted through the centuries and continue to be popular today.

And the Caramel Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream that share this month’s cover are pretty tasty too. You’ll find the recipe on page 27 of the September/October 2013 issue.

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