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Victorian Tea Set


Kingdom first began when friends Chloe Williams and Sjaniel Turrel collaborated on a venture three years ago. Working from their studio at the Woodstock Exchange, they both loved beautiful, secondhand, unworn fashion and items. The opportunity presented itself to open a retail space at the Exchange (something that Chloe had always dreamed of doing). Kingdom Shop has just welcomed a beautiful Victorian tea set to their eclectic mix of items. The set – stamped Albany & Harvey Potteries – dates back to the early 1900s. 'The set is designed in the Jackfield style (which became popular at the end of the Victorian era) and is made from glazed earthenware with a beautiful, dark navy glaze and rich gold luster detail,' says Chloe. Sjaniel has subsequently moved to the UK but hand sources in London from all her favourite spots (this tea set included). Chloe and Sjaniel, both self-proclaimed treasure hunters, scour car boot sales, markets, auctions and junkyards. 'We look for good quality pieces that will inspire and excite our clients who, like us, are looking for something special for their homes and for themselves,' says Chloe. 'We also love discovering hidden artisans, designers and creators to promote in our store,' she continues. The pair also design and make a variety of products themselves (check out their much-loved hat range, vintage eyewear and bespoke bag range that is handmade in India). The set consists of a teapot, coffee pot, sugar bowl and milk jug - a rarity to find a full set from this era - and retails for R1 200. Visit the Kingdom shop to see more of their unique and interesting treasures. Don't forget to browse our trendy selection of tea sets on page 28 of HL's May Issue. Visit their shop at the Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road,Woodstock. The store is open from 10am until 4pm on weekdays and 10am until 3pm on Saturdays. You can email them on info@kingdomshop.co.za.