Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby tingjunkie » Oct 10th, '11, 12:05

IPT wrote:I think this cup is incredibly ironic. It has an image of a farmer with a bottle of pesticide on his back spraying his/her fields.


Creepy. Sort of looks like a Kodama from Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke.

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby debunix » Oct 10th, '11, 13:53

Wow. I would not have expected to find that celebrated on a teacup!

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby TomVerlain » Oct 10th, '11, 15:15

I thought it was a song dynasty cup from 1054 celebrating the arrival of aliens (with their breathing apperatus) with a wand of sunshine and magic healing. ( a la chariots of the gods)

I could be wrong though....

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby rdl » Oct 10th, '11, 15:59

IPT wrote:I think this cup is incredibly ironic. It has an image of a farmer with a bottle of pesticide on his back spraying his/her fields. With concern about pesticides today, I think it is ironic that it was a sense of pride that a Chinese farmer was able to afford and use pesticides. Certainly not an image one would expect to find on a teacup. There is a very common saying here. The person who does not use pesticides is the person who cannot afford to buy it. This cup is from the 70's/80's and very symbolic of the imagery used at that time.

"...sweeten life for themselves with the honey of folly."
Erasmus
also a tea sweetener. have you tried tea in it, IPT? any honey left? :lol:
(long after the honey is gone the folly remains.)

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby Drax » Oct 10th, '11, 19:25

IPT wrote: It has an image of a farmer with a bottle of pesticide on his back spraying his/her fields.


Odd, even with your description of the scene, it still took me a moment to see what was going on.... I like the style of the cup, though maybe not so much the subject...! :D

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Oct 10th, '11, 21:36

rdl wrote:have you tried tea in it, IPT?


No. I store my pesticides in it. :lol:

I have no used it yet. I just picked it up. I just had to have it. I have tea ware with images of factories belching smoke, ships, Mao slogans, girls on tractors, and power lines, but this is the first pesticide one from that time period.

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby brandon » Oct 11th, '11, 09:52

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Korean bowl, pre-Japanese Hagi.
Holds one pot of puer.

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby the_economist » Oct 11th, '11, 10:34

pu sounds like a super pairing for this beauty!

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby David R. » Oct 11th, '11, 10:51

Wonderful bowl.

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Oct 11th, '11, 11:28

Fantastic bowl. Was it intended for tea? I like the chip. It adds to it.

Could we see a photo of the bottom?

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Oct 21st, '11, 01:30

I just got another vintage tea tin. It dates from the 70's/early 80's and was intended to hold Yunnan Dian Hong Tea. It is a fun tin and really colorful. The other two sides are also very colorful with girls in tea fields.

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Oct 23rd, '11, 02:50

I just antique hunting and came up with another batch of antique teacups and gaiwans. A couple date from the Republican Period or newer, but most date to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Of the five gaiwans, only one has a lid, but I have period replacements for two of them, so no problem there. I used to buy up teapot and gaiwan lids like crazy and people thought I was nutz. Now they all regret not buying them. It took me hours, but I finally got all these cleaned up. The question is now, where to put them.

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby David R. » Oct 23rd, '11, 03:16

IPT wrote:The question is now, where to put them.


I have some room at home if you want too... especially for those gaiwan of yours ! :lol:

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Oct 23rd, '11, 03:58

Do not worry, I am sure I can find some place to stick them.

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby Drax » Oct 23rd, '11, 07:39

Wow, what a beautiful haul, IPT!

I could ask about a hundred questions on these cups, but I'll start with this question -- the cups in the middle right of the picture (form a rough "^" shape) that look orangish/rusty... what are those? They almost look bizen, but I'm guessing they are not.

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