Saw these Peranakan gaiwans and teacups at the merchandise section of a local pottery. Palms turned sweaty and felt dizzy...classic symptoms of a teaware-addict.
Peranakans live mostly in Southeast Asia; in Singapore and Malacca, Malaysia. In the 17th century, immigrant males from China married local Malay women and their descendants are called Peranakans. Men are called "baba" and women, "nonya".
They favour colourful porcelain ware for their homes. The distinguishing traits of Peranakan ware are bright, colourful and auspicious colours (red, yellow etc) and motifs such as the phoenix and peony (symbolises wealth). These were made in Jingdezhen, China and imported to Southeast Asia.
Peranakans adopted some practices of the colonial British and drank "English" tea out of western teapots with handles. Sometimes, the teacups also have handles.
This is one set that sits atop a tea boat, used to collect water from rinsing teacups etc.
Antique Peranakan porcelain ware sometimes pop up at Christie or Sotheby auctions and fetch thousands of dollars.
I came home with this little gaiwan, two teacups and a double boiler. Double boilers are used to make Chinese soup. With their double lids, I think it's OK to use them for tea storage. I think this is the start of my Peranakan teaware collection......