With the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll created one of the most cherished stories of all time.
In a partnership with Illustrate, Vista Alegre is launching the Tea With Alice tea set, full of all the magic and charm of the story and its characters. This is a Teresa Lima creation, taking the work she had already done in a Portuguese version of the book a step further.
“Many years ago, I was invited to illustrate a Portuguese version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
It was the year marking the 150th anniversary of the first time Lewis Carroll told the story, and The Story Museum in Oxford celebrated the event with an exhibition, allowing visitors to browse a selection of some of the most acclaimed versions of Alice. Thus arose the challenge of illustrating – once again – this timeless work, but in a totally different medium: in porcelain. Bringing the peculiar and imaginative characters to life in the concave and convex shapes of a tea set was a very interesting experience.
Thus, Tea with Alice was born – an exhibition and a tea set bearing the same name. An invitation to enjoy pleasant conversation, accompanied by a cup of tea and biscuits. ‘Always at six o’clock!’”
Set 2 Tea Cups & Saucers:
Finished: Painted Elements
Artist: Teresa Lima
Dimensions: Height 118 mm, Length 118 mm, Weight - 0.682 kg.
Series: Tea with Alice
Brand: Vista Alegre
Use restrictions: Not suitable for microwaves. Not suitable for dishwasher.
About Teresa Lima
Teresa Lima has a Degree in Painting from the School of Fine Arts in Lisbon and began to devote herself to illustrating children's books since 1994 - a path rapidly rewarded in the 3rd edition of the National Prize of Illustration (1998) that she won with the recreation of Alice in Wonderland. The imagination of Lewis Carroll and other texts full of fantasy suited the delicacy of her visual language, perfected in a mixed technique where painting, drawing and collage converge.
In 2006, she again won the National Award for illustration, this time with ‘Animal Stories’ by Rudyard Kipling, another classic. This work was selected for the international exhibition of illustrators of the Children's Book Fair in Bologna in 2007, where she also attended the exhibition "ilustrações.pt" which, between 2008 and 2009 was exhibited in Paris, London and León. Currently, Teresa Lima combines illustration with teaching at the School of Visual Arts Vergílio Ferreira, in Lisbon.
About the brand
Over its long history, the Vista Alegre brand has always been intimately associated with Portuguese history and culture, which has achieved unparalleled recognition and visibility. Public recognition, perceived quality and the company’s investment in innovation and design has turned Vista Alegre into one of the very few Portuguese luxury brands to achieve iconic status on a worldwide level. Having adopted rigorousness, sophistication and versatility as its core values Vista Alegre has been able to harmoniously combine tradition and modernity and remain attuned to cultural trends. Spreading Portuguese culture worldwide, Vista Alegre products reflect the most recent design trends and are manufactured according to the highest quality and functionality standards.