Thorley was especially intrigued by the culture and art of ancient Egypt. When he learned in 1923 that the artifacts from the tomb of King Tutankhamun were to be displayed at the British Museum, he decided to create a series of wares featuring Egyptian motifs. Inspired by this newspaper clipping of ladies’ hats in the Egyptian style, he used a scarab motif as the basis for the tea and coffee service seen here. A “big seller,” as Thorley remembered, this set was prominently displayed in the Oxford Street window of London’s W. Savill & Company Porcelain House.

Coffee Cup and Saucer
Tea Cup and Saucer
Coffee Pot
Cup and Saucer

ca. 1923
New Chelsea Porcelain Company
Longton, Staffordshire, England
Bone China