This tea set was made by the firm of Josef Carl Klinkosch for Archduchess Gisela of Austria (1856-1932). Josef Carl Klinkosch (1822-1888) was a famous Vienna silversmith, who supplied silver wares to the Austrian Imperial court. Following his retirement in 1884 the firm was taken over by his sons, who continued under the name ‘J. C. Klinkosch’.
The design of this set imitates the shape and style of Chinese ceramics and each piece is embellished with Chinese-style motifs with each facet richly decorated with clouds against engraved keyfret grounds. A hexagonal Chinese Yixing teapot in the Chitra Collection, made ca. 1700, takes the same shape and decoration as the teapot in this set (CCN. 1390). Archduchess Gisela of Austria was the daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and Elisabeth of Bavaria, and in 1873 married Prince Leopold of Bavaria. Throughout her life she was involved with many charitable causes and during the First World War set up a military hospital in her home, the Palais Leopold in Munich.