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Monday, August 15, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday-August Already!

Hello All!
I am delighted to be here with you all again today for Tea Cup Tuesday! Yay!
(Can you believe it is the middle of August already!)
How fun is this, sharing our beautiful tea cups and sentiments with each other.
Today I am sharing two cups that are very similar in shape, weight and feel.

This first one is what I have been calling my botanical cup, because of the little vignettes of flowers. The flowers are different in each section. I adore the fancy gold trims.

It has a simple loop handle, and as you can see it was well loved and a good amount of the gold has been worn away by loving hands. It is a very fine, and delicate cup.

All the little gold dots were applied by hand, many years ago.

This is a very pretty cup with all the little windows of flowers

A close up of the plates edge.

As you can see, it was created by Limoges. William Guerin began making pottery in Limoges France in 1836. His son joined him much later, around 1903. This mark could have been in use as early as 1891 or as late as 1936.
But as it does not say "made in" I am thinking it would be before 1920.

Here is my second cup to share for today. It is very similar to the first cup, the same cup and plate shape, and the same handle. What is different is the country of origin, and the raised gold design and the hand painted flowers are much simpler in execution than that of the first cup.

It is a very pretty cup, but upon close inspection you can see that the artist did not paint within the lines very well. The entire cup is hand painted.

This cup too, was well loved, as the gold has rubbed off the simple loop handle with repeated use.

But still, it is delicate and very sweet!

The porcelain is very thin and lightweight. So tea tastes quite good in it.

Did you guess? Yes, it is made by Nippon!
Martha, I know you knew that right away!
So, even though the cups were very similar, they were made in two totally different countries.

Here is the other vintage tea cozy I bought in the UK. I love the embroidery!

Such pretty vibrant color. The background is a little grey, so I am thinking of trying some Borax on it to lighten it and banish the dullness. I am just not sure how the colorful threads will do. Anyone know?
Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today! I have loved having you and I enjoy reading your comments. If you would like to play along with Martha and I, just go and create a post with your tea cup in it, tell us about it, show us the backstamp if you can, we love to see that. Last week I saw several cups from companies I had never heard of and that is always a delight!
Once you have your post up, link that specific post to the Linky system below. Then we can come and visit you!



Micupoftea said...

Thank you for hosting, Terri :)
I love the workmanship on your cozy! The teacups are gorgeous. I do not have a Limoges cup...quite elegant!

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

Terri querida!

uauu Linda xicara!

amei o detalhes!

The Charm of Home said...

Hi Terri,
My cup is not old but, I thought it was cute anyway. Yours are lovely! I like them both. The tea cozy is very cute too. What a great find. Thanks for having us!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Those are both especially lovely teacups. I love the delicacy and hand painted/gilded details. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

Hi Terri! Love your teacups today! I saw a couple like them at an antique shop when I was in Newport RI last week. Almost walked out with one - but - you'll have to read my post to know why I didn't. Next time, maybe!

Love the delicate florals on your selections today. And the embroidery is lovely - I have some of my grandmother's work I'll share in future posts.

Thanks for the link-up!

Colleen said...

Love the tea cozy. Can you imagine the conversations of those sipping their tea from the gorgeous teacups? How delightful. Limoges are so delicate & elegant. Thanks for sharing with us.

Tea & Chocolate Guy said...

Terri, I'm swooning over both tea cups and that tea cozy is brilliant! xo HHL

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Terri: You are the first one I visited today. I knew it was your post, just by the cup you put on the link. They are amazing cups! I did know it was Nippon. You know me too well. By the way, I always use my best cups for Teas, I love to make people feel special, so what better way than using your best cups! I have a saying I live by "People are more important that things!" It helps me put things in prospective. Love you lots, Martha

Kelsie from Our Country Home and Studio Photography said...

So amazing and delicate...Just lovely.

Blessings Kelsie

Marianne C. said...

Beautiful cups, Terri. The pretty little purple flowers are so delicate and lovely. Oh, I do like your vintage embroidered find. I don't remember the name of the product, but there is something you can buy, usually in quilt stores, that is very safe to soak vintage fabrics and knits in, and will remove all sorts of yellow aged stains and the like. Perhaps you can check some local quilt shops and see what they have. I'll try to call the store I know sold it and see if they can tell me what it is. I'll let you know if I find out.

In the meantime here is a site that may help http://retroclean.com/q&a.html


Susan said...

Hi Terri....Both of your cups are quite stunning. The tea cozy is beautiful, too. Have you tried using Oxyclean? It whitened up some of my things. It comes in powder form and can be found with the laundry detergents. Good luck. Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com
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Unknown said...

Terri...that first cup took my breath away! They are all lovely, and that cozy has found a perfect home w/ you. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Terri, your teacups are lovely! So delicate and special, each in their own way. Thanks for sharing them with us and enjoy your week.


Marjanne said...

thank you for sharing these beautiful teacups, similar and different... for your vosy, maybe some white vinegar in your washingwater might brighten the colors and take the greyness away.

debi said...

Oooooh! Terri, your teacups are both so elegant. I love the beautiful colors of the flowers, and the gold design on both is so elegant.

And what a sweet tea cozy! Love the beautiful, vibrant colors of the embroidery.

Anneke said...

I always enjoy your teacup tuesday posts eventhough I don't always comment. It's so nice to see all those delightfull teacups and to learn a little more about their interesting origin. The teacozy is lovely! You could try on the inside, to rub the ribbon with a bit of white wet cloth to see if the color leaves off and if it would get more vague, usually soaking it in cold to lukewarm water with a drop of mild dishwashingliquid doesn't harm and makes the white very white again, but I'm not sure if it would be o.k. with those fibrant colors.....

KathyB. said...

Even though I know I am supposed to prefer the Limoges teacup, I love the Japanese hand-painted best. I love everything about it and the painted violets look just like the violets that bloom around my home. You have so many lovely teacups Terri !

I am realizing I am drawn to the delicate Japanese teacups more and more. The work that seems to have gone into teacups and tea sets sold so cheaply years ago is amazing.

Thank-you for hosting this , I love to read the blogs that link to Teacup Tuesday.

KathyB. said...

I forgot to mention the tea cozy, beautiful! I make tea cozies and appreciate lovely and practical ones such as this one.( It has inspired me to design a similar one for my tea times)

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Terri,
both cups are really lovely. I wouldn't have known the difference. But both are artful and I like when china is paperthin. Thank you for sharing your treasures and for hosting this lovely event. May I invite you for a tea, too?
Best greetings, Johanna

♥ Miss Tea said...

i absolutely love both teacups, they're just gorgeous! love the gold rims, the delicate handles and lovely pattern/design on them! i love your tea cosy too! me being crazy about embroidery, loving everything embroidered! thanks for sharing and hosting!


parTea lady said...

Both your teacups today are beautiful. Your "botanical" cup is so delicate and the hand painted cup is also lovely - even if the painter didn't quite stay in the lines :-).

I love that tea cozy. I have a nice cross-stitched one that my husband did. Now if only I could convince him to do embroidery.

Victoria said...

Wow Terri.....gorgeous...I am really drawn to the second cup...the shape and beauty of it really shines!! Love it..totally adorable!! Love the tea cozy too..the colors are charming and sweet!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful cups as always!
Wishing you a happy week and sparkles wherever you go!

Suz said...

Those are two beautiful cups, Terri. I think I might have picked the first for my very special cup, if i had spotted it! The colors are just lovely together and the gold, so elegant. Limoges is so pretty!

Thank you so much for hosting for us!!!


Suz said...

Those are two beautiful cups, Terri. I think I might have picked the first for my very special cup, if i had spotted it! The colors are just lovely together and the gold, so elegant. Limoges is so pretty!

Thank you so much for hosting for us!!!


Suz said...

Those are two beautiful cups, Terri. I think I might have picked the first for my very special cup, if i had spotted it! The colors are just lovely together and the gold, so elegant. Limoges is so pretty!

Thank you so much for hosting for us!!!


Charlotte said...

I like your tea cup with all the pretty flowers! The tea cozy is absolutely gorgeous! It makes me want to embroidery again (it has been years). I always enjoy your blog...so many creative things are found here:)


Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Terry
Your tea cups today are precious
I always think your collection is fantastic and I enjoy watching them

Theresa said...

Dear Terri, I can't believe we are zipping through Aug. I hope your summer has been good. Your teacup is so pretty & I am loving the tea cozy! Finally I am able to post on my blog again. It feels like ages! Still glitches, but able to post. Ya! xo Theresa

Dorthe said...

How beautiful they are both Terri,
but the Limoges cup, is extra gorgeus,-so lovely in the flower buquets- Lucky owner :)

Zaa said...

WOW Terri ..Your cups are so very elegant ... While I love the Limoge, I have to admit that the Nippon is equally beautiful... such intricate details on both... How ever do you get such a clear picture of the trade marks on the bottom of the cups ( ha ha) mine are always blurry. Great pictures...

Your embroidered tea cozy is fabulous... I'm assuming that coming from the Uk it's probably hand embroidered. What a fabulous find!! Thanks for sharing your cups and china knowledge ... I'm learning alot...HUGS

Cass @ That Old House said...

Thanks for hosting -- it's such fun to see so many tea cups gathered in one link party!
LOVE the two you featured -- they are gorgeous.

romance-of-roses said...

Terry, both tea cups are so beautiful and dainty. Love the tiny flowers in such sweet colors. Also like the tea cozy. Hugs...Lu

Shelly Hickox said...

I always love peeking in on your teacup posts. I don't have many to share, but I enjoy yours.

Have you seen the paper teacup template from Ann Wood? I thought of you when I saw it. I have one on my blog if you'd like to see it. Knowing your other work, it seems like it would be right up your alley!

Louisette said...

Hello i love much Limoges porcelain
greeting from Belgium;have a nice day 's summer

Julie Goucher said...

Lovely tea cups Terri. The embroidery is very lovely and has a lovely summer feel to it.

xinex said...

So dainty and so pretty!...Christine

Trish and Treasure said...

Beautiful teacups. Great photos.

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! I started a collection of tea cups/saucers and tea pots eons ago but I don't have that many. Seems like something else always comes up. I do have some treasures from my aunts and grandmother though.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! I started a collection of tea cups/saucers and tea pots eons ago but I don't have that many. Seems like something else always comes up. I do have some treasures from my aunts and grandmother though.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lady Linda said...

Oh Terri...the tea cozy is lovely! I can't decide which teacup I like best! Such beautiful offerings.
THanks for sharing.
Lady Linda

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Terri,
You always select such beautiful porcelain to share with us!
But my favourite this week is the tea cozy. I wish I could make something similar...I think I'm going to try :)
Thanks for the inspiration.

Cinderella Moments said...

I love the tea cups! I think the Nippon cup is great, especially for everyday use. Breaking a Limoges always hurts more. LOL! The tea cozy is so cute. I hope you find a way to get it whiter and update us on how you did it.

Anonymous said...

Terri I have recently became obsessed with tea! It is so hard to pass a lovely teacup up when I am out at the antique shops! I also love going out for afternoon tea! I recently picked up a blueberry Sunday tea that is amazing! I am loving my new found relaxing hobby. I hope to be able to maybe join your Teacup Tuesday post soon!

These teacups are stunning!!!!

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