Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Teacup History and Memories



From Wikipedia: "The first small cups specifically made for drinking the beverage tea when it was newly seen in Europe in the 17th century were exported from the Japanese port of Imari or from the Chinese port of Canton. Tea bowls in the Far East did not have handles, and the first European imitations, made at Meissen, were without handles, too. At the turn of the 19th century canns of cylindrical form with handles became a fashionable alternative to bowl-shaped cups."

From this beginning of the teacup creativity has taken place.
The artistry of beautiful teacups and still keep the functionality
has intrigued me, delighted me.
This Shelley teacup was purchased just days ago at a garage sale.
Now when I say a garage sale you would think it was a bargain,
but I paid full market value.
I just couldn't resist the artistry, the feminity, the pink, the flowers,
and the scalloped edge of the cup.
The pattern is Stock and it was made in England.
The most special part of all is that it was in the collection of a friend
that passed away a few years ago.
Thinking on her love of this cup teaches me so much about her.
She must have noticed and loved so many things about this cup that I have noticed.
I am thrilled to be able to enjoy tea from this cup and remember a friend.

Don't forget the give-away mentioned on Fridays post.

10 comments:

Ruth W said...

Well you have a treasure. It's just beautiful. And the history of teacups is always so fascinating to think about. Enjoy your treasured remembrance of a friend.

Rosemary said...

Such a lovely teacup, and a sweet remembrance of your friendship.

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

The teacup is beautiful. The memory of it being treasured by your friend is so special!

Lorrie said...

Teacups are such lovely objects - it's interesting to read about their history. How wonderful to have a treasure from a friend.

Catherine said...

This is a gift to you. It holds memories and beauty for you of your friendship.
I am very happy that you found this teacup. xo Catherine

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

Your Shelley is so pretty. It's in my favorite shape: Dainty. Acquiring teacups from others makes them extra special. I'm so interested in learning more about potteries and their interwoven histories.

Bernideen said...

Marilyn:
You did well! That is just lovely! Good choice and great memory!

Margie said...

Beautiful!

Jeanie said...

Marilyn, I think I have that one! And if I don't, it's awfully close. Really beautiful and I especially love the story. Your friend is smiling.

Joy said...

How lovely, and extra special because it belonged to your friend.