Antique Tea Set Find!!
I am so excited about this! I stopped at a yardsale the other day to look at a painting I saw and what did I find? An antique set of dishes including tea cups, saucers, desert plates, soup bowls, salad bowls, salad plates and dinner plates. They were ceramic, made in USA (the man said they were made in Pennsylvania) and they have this lovely green pattern on them. Each type of dish had a different picture in the center. The teacups themselves are perfect! They have a book and scroll and quill and ink on them. The saucers have a teapot!
And I found a tiny teapot too! It’s white and ceramic. It strangely has three little holes in the top. Not sure what that’s about but it’s a perfect size for me to try some Gong Fu styled Pu Erh since I don’t have a Gaiwan. The best part? I got all of it for $10!!! And the guy threw in several other things pro bono.
Here’s some pics. ^^
Explanations for the hole (there’s normally just one though): http://dimdima.com/science/question_board/previous_questions.asp?q_sid=21&q_title=The+Hole+in+the+Teapot
Enjoy gong fu steeping. It really is different! :)
Another explaination for the holes in that teapot is that it’s not an actual teapot (as in put tea in and drink from) but an incense holder. I’ve got a ceramic piece with the same type holes, but it’s just a jug shape, not a teapot.
I love the teacups on that other set. Has a very Harry Potter type feel to me. Lol!
Oooh like a potpourri dish. Well it was new in packaging at the yardsale so I’m going to assume it’s never been used that way before and… try it anyway. Because I need something small for Gong Fu brewing. :) And I am cheap/poor haha. It was thrown in for free with my $10 dish set.
measure the capacity of the teapot! fill it up with water and pour it into a measuring cup. knowing the capacity of your brewing vessel helps you get the right ratios.
Charming! Interesting drawer-handle designs on the rim of the teapot plate.
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