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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by IPT » Aug 29th 11 5:55 pm

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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by hopeofdawn » Aug 30th 11 3:15 pm

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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by IPT » Aug 30th 11 3:21 pm

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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by night.owl » Aug 30th 11 8:01 pm

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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by IPT » Sep 4th 11 2:59 pm

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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by AdamMY » Sep 4th 11 3:01 pm

That was a great find, and a wonderful gift for you IPT, they look amazing!

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by IPT » Sep 4th 11 3:07 pm

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

by Chip » Sep 4th 11 4:39 pm

I like the very different and pronounced feetsies! :mrgreen: Amazing how cool stuff falls into your hands! :lol:

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by togei » Sep 4th 11 7:20 pm

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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by night.owl » Sep 4th 11 11:39 pm

Very nice, IPT!

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by IPT » Sep 5th 11 2:09 am

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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by IPT » Sep 5th 11 2:10 am

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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by night.owl » Sep 5th 11 11:32 pm

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

by IPT » Sep 6th 11 3:59 am

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

by debunix » Sep 6th 11 5:40 am

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