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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, April Teacups, Pompeii, Chihuly

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I have a diverse post today...which happens when I have a lot to share!




Thanks for the encouraging comments on the website revise...I have it almost designed and am transferring inventory...a "fun" thing to do with 1000 + items and 5,000 photos needing to be moved....but a friend helped with data transfer. Only the photos need to be transferred one by one, so that is in progress. I am getting through it! But on to more interesting things!



My teacup today is actually 2...and demonstrates what the china companies often have done through several centuries....here is the April Sweet Pea teacup by Royal Albert in their Flower Of The Month series...




The design is from the newer Flower Of  The Month series, which is in a different shape and design then the older set from the 1940-1950s. The Flower of The Month series comes in a regular sized cup and saucer, smaller demitasse size and the very small miniature version. They all have exactly the same design.  And then we have:



The April teacup with Sweet Peas by Queens, England...who used to make Rosina...in their Flower Of The Month series....look familiar?



As you can see, the designs are very similar.  The colors are slightly different, but...that has been the case over the history of pottery making...it's a very imitative business. A pottery makes something that is popular, and others follow. What has also made it interesting, is there are design manufacturers who design the decals used to decorate china, and any pottery can buy them if they don't have their own designers.  Some of those makers over the years have been Hulmes or Cappers. 



Some of them, I don't know the design house's name...just recognize the pattern over different potteries. The one good thing, is it makes replacing something broken or mix and match easier if you are more interested in the design rather than the maker.  On many patterns, the design may be the same but the name may differ...each pottery putting their own stamp on the pattern by naming it differently. Makes collecting china so much fun!



On a grey day a week ago, we took the ferry over to Seattle to attend the Pompeii Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle....



The arches are the center of  Pacific Center, and we had to cross under them to get to the museum housing the exhibit....it was grey when we went in....



I love the great life sized Orca sculptures in the fountain outside the museum...

The exhibit from the Pompeii Excavation Museum in Italy takes you throught the day of August 24, 79 AD when Mt Vesuvious erupts...totally surprising and eventually burying the entire city of Pompeii under 27 feet of  ash in a 24 hour period.



As I mentioned last week, I have degrees in Physical Anthropology and visited Pompeii in 1967, so couldn't miss the exhibit. My husband knew little about the period, so he was very interested.   The city was buried and lost until 1740 when a bit was discovered and excavated. But it wasn't until the 1930-1940s when bigger excavations were done...and the last of the city, which actually held the most bodies wasn't discovered until 20 years ago....



The thing which is fascinating, is that the citizens who died were encased in ash and became molds that when injected with plaster replicate the bodies that had burned away inside the casings. There were many on exhibit, some of them which I remembered from 1967.



Because of the way the city was intombed, whole homes were preserved, and the exhibit had some of the artifacts...above are finely made bronze lamps, including a 3 armed branching candelabra...



Examples of finely wrought Roman glass vessels, surprisingly intact...



Several cases of finely made gold jewelry...my husband...who spent 40 years as a Diamond setter and jeweler was really impressed with the skill...I apologize for the photos...taken with my iPhone...you could take photos but no flash...

And wonderful pottery, sculptures, frescos...basically everything. I loved the dog and rooster pottery pitchers in the photo above...




When we came out the weather had cleared, and went to lunch at the Collections Cafe of the Chihuly Garden and Glass in the Pacific Center not far from the museum...



If you don't know Dale Chihuly, he is a Seattle art glass creator with installations around the world...there is a huge one at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the Celebrity Constellation cruise ship and in museums around the world...



The Collections cafe has a wall of his glass drawings, and each table is a different showcase of his passion for collecting...there were chalkware string holders, tin toys, jackknives...the wall of the ladies bathroom is floor to ceiling cases of brass figural bottle openers...mercury silver bottles, Fiesta ware,accordions hanging from the ceiling...you get the idea...here are some of the tables...



A collection of Bakelite clocks....



Accordions on the ceiling...


Chalkware string holders...love these!



Glass reamers or juicers...



Mercury glass Christmas ornaments...



Cast iron dog doorstops....good thing we were early, and not many tables were occupied yet!  And then...lunch!







 We had fresh caught Halibut fish and chips...which I forgot to photo...we were hungry! and followed that with tea for two, and for dessert...



Beignets with white chocolate and mixed fruit dipping sauces, with sliced strawberries and blood orange slices. Absolutely delicious! Hadn't had beignets since a cruise down the Mississippi River boat on the American Queen paddle wheeler in the 1990s with my Aunt Ruth! The tea was Revolution brand, in a silken pyramid teabag that arrives in a box...nice English Breakfast...my husband's favorite....



So there you have it! Hope you have enjoyed your tea visit!
Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of and there is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and can find you to visit!



Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Tudor Thatched Cottage Mug, Richard III Reburied after 530 Years

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...a very unusual one! I hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend or first weekend of Passover....




my life is a bit hectic at the moment....as you know, I have antique and collectible websites which augments our social security.  We opened online in 2002 on an antique mall site, but we added our own website 6 years ago that, and was doing really well...until Google began changing things. Anyway, the next big change is due April 21st, and my current website host knows the changes that need to be done to keep us on Google, and refuses to do it unless we pay $6499.00...and there is no way! So I am madly moving listings to our Etsy shop...I have done 200 of 1200 in the past few days, so have a way to go. ANYWAY...so this is a post I can do fairly quickly...which I apologize for!



I like a theme for my posts, and I was fascinated by the reburial of King Richard III on May 26, 2015...more about that below.......so I wanted some sort of a related teacup among my collections and found...nothing! But...I do have a mug with a Tudor era thatched cottage....so my teacup is a tea mug!




This is a contemporary mug in a pattern called variously English Cottage, Capper's Cottage...which is the name of the firm of decal designers that made the design in the 1950s...and Anne Hathaway's Cottage...Anne Hathaway being Shakespeare's beloved...and Shakespeare wrote a play called Richard III....




The maker is one of the small new English potteries that have sprung up as small, independent potteries or trademarks since the last big consolidation and liquidation of the older, familiar names in the pottery business in the mid 1990s. But they make bone china, and the quality is pretty good, so I am so glad they are there!



Not exactly teatime goodies...but...hey! My degrees are in Physical Anthropology and Archaeology...although I think they've renamed the disciplines now, but...it was right up my alley...in this case a car park...parking lot to Yanks...when in May, 2014, an excavation found a burial...that was subsequently identified categorically as the missing grave of King Richard III...the last Plantagenet, killed at the Battle Of Bosworth in 1485 by Henry Tudor.



He was said to have had a hunchback, and the skeleton clearly shows that. Anyway, after DNA testing, carbon dating and all sorts of wonderful scientific wonders, they positively identified him and found a few living relatives...including a carpenter in Canada. Reburial was March 26th in Leicester Cathedral...much better than the hurried first burial by monks who saved the body after the battle and hid the body below the monastery alter in an unmarked grave.



This is a portrait from his lifetime. Queen Elizabeth II visited the body 2 days prior to the reburial, which astounded everyone by the attendance of 30-50,000 people during the city procession and cathedral funeral....




There was a reenactment of the Battle of Bosworth to begin the procession 3 days before the funeral....with the body in a lead lined pine box on a simple casson...



The procession was led through the town to the cathedral by mounted men in authentic 15th century armor...


who also sttod as an honor guard outside the cathedral...


Leicester is the city my family is from, so I was also interested because of that....


some of crowds for the viewing prior to the funeral...


Sophie, Countess of Wessex was the Queen's representative at the funeral. Sophie is married to Prince Edward, the Queen's youngest son.



This showed up in the car park during the funeral....




This is the skull and the facial reconstruction done of what Richard III probably looked like....

Benedict Cumberbatch reads poem at funeral  Oscar-nominated Cumberbatch, who is to star as Richard III in an upcoming TV adaptation, will read a verse penned for the service by Britain's poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy specially written for the late ruler






 The British actor was a fitting choice for the job – he has been identified as the King's third cousin, 16 times removed, and is currently playing Richard II in a movie soon to be released with the same name...


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There is a lot of controversy about the character of Richard...many feel the Shakespeare's portrayal of him as a villain was political blacking....there have been a number of great books debating it, both scholarly and fictionally immersed...my 2 favorite currently are:



In a classic English mystery re-packaging of a 1940s mystery by Josephine Tey called Daughter Of Time since the discovery...but fabulous depite the new cover....and a great romp called The Murders Of Richard III by Elizabeth Peters from 20 years ago...



For a video of the complete burial service, photos and other info here is a link:

King Richard III in Leicester

Okay...I've got that off my chest!  Next week...back to a more normal teatime...although I DID go to an exhibition on Pompeii this week....hmmmm....once an archaeologist, always an archaeologist...




Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of and there is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and can find you to visit!






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