Shelly Art Deco saucer and cup
Seeking a new teaset :
I’m currently in the market for some new teacups. The last one standing is shown below, the set lasting over 15 years. Their durability surprised me, you could barely feel the weight of the fine Japanese translucent porcelain when you lifted the Art Deco cup. It is getting promoted to the cabinet in recognition of its long service. I’ve had to avoid inviting anyone for a cuppa, as it would be slightly awkward having to share the same cup, or I could, shock horror, resort to using mugs. Mock elitist indignation aside, the occasional indulgence of tea from a teacup is a worthy act of reverence for the great beverage.
Serving tea or coffee is usually the final act of any dinner so its only appropriate to use a fine tea set to round off the occasion in style. Despite coffee having more caffeine and being more addictive, I think tea drinkers are probably more fanatical, having a rich tradition of serving rituals and having a much greater variety to choose from that offer an enticing array of captivating flavors… Ok, I’m slightly biased being a devoted tea drinker. The elaborate tea drinking ceremonies, especially in Japan, are particularly detailed down to how the tea is stirred.
My choice for a new set is basically fine porcelain, no floral decoration or gold trim, only two colours and a wide diameter rim so the tea cools more rapidly. I’m showing some of the cups I saw while searching, with full admiration for their fine craftsmanship.
Japanese Art Deco cup
Footed cup with abstract decoration – John Maltby
1930s Art Deco Coffee/Tea Set with Palm Tree Pattern
Pottery Ambassador Ware England
Wicksteads Etsy (sold)
Art Deco teapot and sugar bowl – Nora Gulbrandsen for Porsgrund Porselen, Norway
Purple cups – Gisela Francisco
Shiro Hagi Chawan by Shibuya Deishi
Small Art Nouveau tea cup
Victorian Foley Wileman Tea cup and Saucer
Geometric Art Deco Trio – handpainted Grosvenor China cup, saucer and teaplate.
Art Deco teapot
Bailey cup and saucer
Footed contemporary styled cup- ‘Imolarte’ – Bertozzi e Casoni
Art Deco Conical Butterfly Teapot, Clarice Cliff
Carved Capodimonte cup and saucer.
Italy, Circa 1750
Chinese porcelain faceted teapot
Porcelain flared cup with a gold handle and pedestal – Louis Sue and Andre Mare
Noritake Art Deco sugar bowl
Black and white coffee/tea set – Jonathan Middlemiss
Contemporary cup and plate – Paul Scott & Ann Linnemann collaboration
The porcelain forms are hand thrown and glazed by Ann in her studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Paul creates the graphic then screen-prints in-glaze ceramic decals in his studio in Blencogo, Cumbria, England.
Anne Linnemann Studio Gallery
Crackle glaze tea cup – Somayaki Somaware, Japan
Karin Bjorquist tea set for Gustavsberg
Antonis Minor tea pot in lapis lazuli with gold trimmings, by Dionysio, grandson of Ottavio Miseroni.
Miseroni lapidary workshops, Milan
Mid Century incised green retro tea set – Stavangerflint, made in Norway
Old & Cold etsy
Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC.
Art deco sterling overlay demitasse cups and saucer – Belleek Pottery
Japanese Satsuma Lithophane porcelain Tea Set
Russian Lomonosov teacup and saucer
Tea set by Ben Owen III
American Museum of Ceramic Art, via Flickr
Robin Welch tea bowl
Susie Cooper- Hand painted rich Art Deco Cubist pattern coffee/tea set; c. 1928.
Mondrian Tea Pot
China Tea Cup & Saucer – Paragon
Contemporary tea set – Paul Eshelman, Elizabeth, Illinois
Pink Lusterware Gold Pedestal China Japan Tea Cup Reticulated Saucer Set
Tango Pattern Art Deco trio tea set – Royal Doulton, UK
Red ceramic abstract teapot – Rick Rudd, NZ
Rosenthal Versace teacup and saucer
Royal Halsey Teacup and Saucer
Nippon Art Nouveau demitasse cup and saucer
Royal Doulton Art Deco Tango pattern tea set
Art Deco teacup and saucer – Royal Paragon
Dinnerware Objects Roy Lichtenstein
Sucabaruca tea set by Luca Nichetto
Tennis set for tea and a biscuit
Muchos Tesoros – Etsy
The Miito by Nils Chudy
MIITO is an innovative product that heats liquids directly in the vessel to be used, hence eliminating the heating of excess water. Simply fill your cup with water, place it onto the induction base and immerse the rod in the liquid.
Dame Edna’s tea drinking etiquette – “when in doubt, pinky out”.
Tuscan teacup and saucer
Rometti Art Deco Futurist tea/saki set
Shelly Art Deco moth wing cup and saucer
Japanese Kato Kogei neo Art Deco teaset
Teapot with wooden handle and tea bowls by Maa
Pucci, Rometti futurist teaset, Italy
‘Legend Return’ – Lomonosov Contemporary Porcelain Teapot
Albisola teaset, Italy
Airbrushed teacup – Carraressi & Lucca
Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
Art Deco Bubbles Royal Worcester coffee set
Tea bowl – Peter Voulkos
Oriental Glaze Handbuilt Porcelain Teapot by Kathy Riggs
Crown Ducal Art Deco Teacup
French Art Deco tea set – Limoges
Royal Sealy tea cup
Detailed purple lace pattern on white cup and saucer
Birdy tea set – Sandoz
Lemon tea cup and saucer – Shelly
Ochamori ‘Big Tea’ at Saidaiji Temple in Nara, Japan
Jeroen Bechtold contemporary tea set
Morning tea in feathered hat – Dorothea shot by William Klein
Octagonal Geometric Tea Service with Kandinsky inspired motif
French Limoges Art deco
Deep orange and gold teacup – Coalport
‘Rio’ tea service – Carstens Uffrecht
Ombre Drip Ceramic Cup and Saucer Set in Blues and White
Rosenthal lavender and gold teacup with violets motif
Turquoise and Gold Scalloped Footed Tea Cup – Alka Kunst Kronach