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.