Rose House: Tea & History


If you’re looking for a relaxing and elegant place to enjoy an afternoon tea, then be sure to drop in to Rose House. It offers both an elegant decor and soothing atmosphere. Of particular note, however, is the porcelain china Rose House uses to serve your tea.

Aynsley fine bone china, one of Britain’s leading tableware manufacturers since 1775, has been honored to supply specially commissioned china to British royalty, governments and companies in England and overseas during its distinguished history. Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales have all chosen Aynsley bone china for their homes. Aynsley is renowned for its use of large amounts of cattle bone powder in making its bone china products.

Robert Huang, who established the first Rose House with his wife in Taichung in 1990, and Aynsley worked together for the first time in 2003 to present the Victoria Collection. The English company invited Huang to re-create a series of classic tea sets designed by reputed British designer Joseph A. Bailey in 1920.

Aynsley invited Huang to re-create the 64-piece tea set originally designed by Bailey after the company learned that Huang is a painter who uses roses as his only subject for painting. They believed that Huang would understand the thinking behind Bailey’s ideas for the original work, which features roses–a common subject for Victorian style art pieces.

Huang accepted the invitation and presented his 21st-Century edition of the classic production, hewing closely to Bailey’s original designs as a sign of his admiration for the aesthetic achievements of the late British designer.

So, as you’re enjoying your relaxing cup of tea, know that you’re enjoying a little bit of history all at the same time! And after tea, why not purchase a piece of Aynsley porcelain to enjoy at home. Orchard Gold (seen right), originally published in 1930, is still popular after more than 80 years.