Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby AdamMY » Jun 4th, '11, 13:08

I happened upon an Art fair going on while walking around down town yesterday, and low and behold labeled as a Wine Cup I saw this and had to have it. I think I am going to send it off for office use, but it is a decent mid sized yunomi type vessel.

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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby debunix » Jun 4th, '11, 13:12

Happy find!
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby IPT » Jun 5th, '11, 13:10

I just thought I would share a few photos with you all. A friend asked me to photograph some of my old tea containes, so I thought I would also add them here. I love their imagry.
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby Chip » Jun 5th, '11, 13:23

Ohhh, cool IPT!!! Hits a real soft spot for me!!! Old Chinese canisters are so unobtainium in the West.

Nice find Adam!

Wowza, that is a fantastic piece Hope.
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby IPT » Jun 5th, '11, 14:02

Chip wrote:Ohhh, cool IPT!!! Hits a real soft spot for me!!! Old Chinese canisters are so unobtainium in the West.


Thank you Chip. They are VERY hard to find on the mainland, but in Hong Kong, they are much easier. Here, tea was generally not sold in pretty packaging and the packaging was generally discarded or used until it disintigrated. So, Hong Kong is about it. I have a few friends there who are always on the lookout for tea containers for me.
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby Chip » Jun 5th, '11, 14:18

IPT wrote:
Chip wrote:Ohhh, cool IPT!!! Hits a real soft spot for me!!! Old Chinese canisters are so unobtainium in the West.


Thank you Chip. They are VERY hard to find on the mainland, but in Hong Kong, they are much easier. Here, tea was generally not sold in pretty packaging and the packaging was generally discarded or used until it disintigrated. So, Hong Kong is about it. I have a few friends there who are always on the lookout for tea containers for me.

Usually in the West, any intereresting tin includes some really nasty tea. Sometimes I will buy into it ... and the tea can give me the heeby jeebies just looking at it. :lol:
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby IPT » Jun 5th, '11, 15:06

Do you mean new tea tins, or old ones? With modern tea tins, I usually find the cooler the tea tin, the crummier the tea in it is.

I have a few antique tea tins that still have tea in them. That is incredibly exciting for me because the processing techniques of the old teas are sometimes different than they are now, so it is really very valuable to see the old teas, even if they are undrinkable.
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby Chip » Jun 5th, '11, 16:22

IPT wrote:Do you mean new tea tins, or old ones? With modern tea tins, I usually find the cooler the tea tin, the crummier the tea in it is.

I have a few antique tea tins that still have tea in them. That is incredibly exciting for me because the processing techniques of the old teas are sometimes different than they are now, so it is really very valuable to see the old teas, even if they are undrinkable.

Most are new teas, though sometimes I find a "new" tea in a Chinatown shop that has clearly been around a longgggg time.

But nothing like yours!!!
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby IPT » Jun 5th, '11, 16:40

Well, since you are interested Chip, here are some more tea tin photos for you. This is a mid-nineteenth century English tea tin with Chinese designs embossed on it. I have yet to decide what tea it will hold.
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby Herb_Master » Jun 5th, '11, 18:14

IPT wrote: This is a mid-nineteenth century English tea tin with Chinese designs embossed on it. I have yet to decide what tea it will hold.


Hopefully something that was popular with the English/British in the mid 19th Century

Possibly Bohea
wikipedia wrote:Bohea (Chinese: 武夷茶; pinyin: wǔyí chá, a word derived from the Wuyi Mountains in northern Fujian, China), a kind of oolong,[1] or, in the 18th and early 19th centuries, black tea generally,
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby tortoise » Jun 5th, '11, 21:28

IPT wrote:Well, since you are interested Chip, here are some more tea tin photos for you. This is a mid-nineteenth century English tea tin with Chinese designs embossed on it. I have yet to decide what tea it will hold.


Uhm...those are...how do you say...awesome. :D

Where did you get them. (please tell story)
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby IPT » Jun 5th, '11, 23:54

Thank you. I get them from all over the place. I do not have any really interesting stories attached to any of them though. I have more, but have not photographed them. I also have a lot that I use for tea storage. I like to actually use the old pieces. the ones with the paper labels though I do not use for fear of damage.

I believe I will be storing some zhengshan xiaozhong (正山小钟)in the tin one. I believe it is fitting, since it is the tea that kind of started the Red (Black) Tea craze in England.
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby Chip » Jun 6th, '11, 02:06

So cool, IPT ... never saw anything like that one.
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby IPT » Jun 6th, '11, 06:34

I am very happy with it. It is in almost mint condition, and considering it is around 150 years old and of a very soft metal, that is pretty amazing. My Seigan SO arrived today.
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Re: NEWEST CHAPTER! Show Off Your Pots and Cups XVI

Postby IPT » Jun 6th, '11, 08:14

I have been taking a lot of photos today, so here is another one. I had to buy this tea container for the Chinglish. Even translated into Chinese it makes no sense.
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