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12th October 2022

Silver-plated breakfast tureens, as sold by the likes of Mappin & Webb, were once a staple of breakfast tables in genteel households which might have employed a maid and a cook who prepared kippers, kedgeree, and devilled kidneys. This could be the sort of welcoming breakfast table at which Louisa presides in Greenbanks: fresh bread and flowers, eggs and fruit, a Brown Betty teapot, and various pieces of silverware in a light-filled room. This is 'Breakfast is Ready' (c1919) by Stanley Thorogood (1873-1953) who became superintendent of art instruction for Stoke-on-Trent. Hence, perhaps, the good quality tableware. It is in The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

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