Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware


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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Aug 29th, '11, 13:55

Wow Hopeofdawn! That is a spectacular set and the story and history behind it is really great. I love the artwork on it. The CPO info is really interesting. It really is a wonderful gift.
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby hopeofdawn » Aug 30th, '11, 11:15

IPT wrote:Wow Hopeofdawn! That is a spectacular set and the story and history behind it is really great. I love the artwork on it. The CPO info is really interesting. It really is a wonderful gift.


Thanks! It's definitely become my 'special occasion' set, that's for sure! :D
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Aug 30th, '11, 11:21

And, you can tell them the story and history behind it, and it will make your tea sessions that much more special.
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby night.owl » Aug 30th, '11, 16:01

Very nice! I love having items with a history behind them, and yours is even more special because of where it came from ;)
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Sep 4th, '11, 10:59

A friend of mine went back to her hometown for the weekend and when she got back to Guilin, she called to tell me she had a surprise for me. It was these Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) cups. They date to the late 19th century. They were black with soot and grease from generations of cooking fires, but with some elbow grease, degreaser, and bleach, they cleaned up very well. She said her parents were cleaning out the area above their kitchen and found them in the corner.
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby AdamMY » Sep 4th, '11, 11:01

That was a great find, and a wonderful gift for you IPT, they look amazing!
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Sep 4th, '11, 11:07

Here are some more of the cups my friend gave me.
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby Chip » Sep 4th, '11, 12:39

I like the very different and pronounced feetsies! :mrgreen: Amazing how cool stuff falls into your hands! :lol:
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby togei » Sep 4th, '11, 15:20

I don't personally own any of these pieces but if you would like to see 100's of photos of antique tea ware have a look see at my blog. For the past 3 or 4 years I have posted several times a month my study forays to a local antiques store. It is very image heavy. I am posting the link to the posts that contain the tag 'Japanese antiques'. http://togeii.wordpress.com/tag/japanese-antiques/
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby night.owl » Sep 4th, '11, 19:39

Very nice, IPT!

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Sep 4th, '11, 22:09

Chip wrote:I like the very different and pronounced feetsies!


The ones with the large "feetsies", are very hard to find. I have a lot of the other type, but few with the large feet.

I have a lot of good friends.
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Sep 4th, '11, 22:10

togei wrote:I don't personally own any of these pieces but if you would like to see 100's of photos of antique tea ware have a look see at my blog. For the past 3 or 4 years I have posted several times a month my study forays to a local antiques store. It is very image heavy. I am posting the link to the posts that contain the tag 'Japanese antiques'. http://togeii.wordpress.com/tag/japanese-antiques/
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That is a fantastic blog Dave! I look forward to perusing it.
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby night.owl » Sep 5th, '11, 19:32

IPT wrote:
Chip wrote:I like the very different and pronounced feetsies!


The ones with the large "feetsies", are very hard to find. I have a lot of the other type, but few with the large feet.

I have a lot of good friends.


Indeed :wink:
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby IPT » Sep 5th, '11, 23:59

I forgot to mention. Most of the cups have names carved into the bottom of them. You can see some in the photos. After cleaning, they become harder to see. They will darken as they get used.

Since most of the cups available were very similar, people used to have their names carved into the bottom of the cups, so they would know whose was whose. A lot of collectors here do not want the names in the bottom, but I prefer them because it adds a bit of history to each piece.

The owners would have their names put inside by the local pottery repair-man who would walk down the streets with his boxes of tools offering to repair broken pottery. The names were actually drilled into the bottom of the cups. A drill bit was used to put a series of little holes in the bottom to make up the characters.

Not all marked cups had names in them. Some had images, titles, or tea house names in them. These are less common.
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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

Postby debunix » Sep 6th, '11, 01:40

Fascinating about the names drilled into the cups, gives a good sense of the value of each of these to their owners.
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