Vintage Blue & White Porcelain Tea Bowls, Set of 4
Vintage Blue & White Porcelain Tea Bowls, Set of 4, are small tradionally decorated Chinese Teacups. Purchased from a collector's estate sale these are unmarked and we suspect they brought them home from one of their many trips to Asia. Wonderful for a tradtional tea or we also love them as single blossom vases in a centerpiece, petite Jewlery or Trinket or even Offering Bowls. No matter how you use them they are a gorgeous and special addition to any Chinoiserie collection.
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DIMENSIONS: 2" h x 3" diameter
CIRCA: 20th Century, porcelain unmarked, age unknown
FACTS & HISTORY:
Drinking tea from blue and white china is legendary. The history of tea in ancient China dates back almost 5,000 years. The Chinese began making blue and white porcelain in the 14th century importing the cobalt pigment for the blue from Persia. Motifs were often florals, outdoor scenes, and some variation of an oriental scene ranging from simple to quite detailed. Color could be basic blue and white or more elaborate with multiple colors on the piece.
Some of the first teapots and drinking vessels for tea came as give-aways when one purchased tea because it was a new and novel concept and few people outside China had any notion of how to prepare or serve it.
Tea cups are found from the 18th century with and without handles. Researchers agree that the earliest tea cups had no handles and were referred to as tea bowls. The tea bowl grew larger as tea became more widespread and by 1800 most were being made with handles although some handle-less versions were still made into the mid-1800’s. Cups weren’t produced in huge quantities until about the middle of the 18th century.