Tea-Time, Vanderbilt Style

Written By Holly Clark

Posted 01/10/14

Updated 01/10/14


Hot or iced? Cream or lemon? Black, green, herbal, white, spiced? Sugar, honey, or unsweetened? There are as many ways to enjoy tea as there are people who enjoy it!

The Vanderbilt family was no exception—they enjoyed tea themselves and served it to their guests, perhaps lingering over an afternoon tea outdoors on the Loggia in warmer weather, or by a crackling fire in fall and winter.

The tea service used by the Vanderbilts is currently on display in the Tapestry Gallery in Biltmore House—the lovely porcelain pieces were made in France around 1888 and feature fine floral detailing in heavenly shades of blue and gold on a crisp white background.

Time Travel With Tea

Elevate your tea time to new heights with our beautiful china serveware inspired by the original Vanderbilt set. The delicate gilding and rich colors highlight any occasion, adding an elegant note of old world charm to your table.

Hint: if you wonder what it was like to be a guest of the Vanderbilts, or are anticipating each new episode of this season’s Downton Abbey, let our Vanderbilt Tea Service help you time travel back to the Gilded Age simply by savoring a freshly brewed cup of tea!

Click here to view our Vanderbilt Service Collection.

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