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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teacup Tuesday Another Hand Painted Art Deco Cup And Saucer, Victoria Mag and Lemon Tart

Hello and welcome to Teacup Tuesday with the many wonderful Tea related blogs. I am sharing another hand painted art deco design cup and saucer from the 1930s. I just love them...maybe they aren't too fancy, but they are one of a kind and so indicative of the art deco era. There was a design flow to simplify and individualize design. Artists were appreciated for their individuality, an idea I have always appreciated.  More so when so much we see is mass produced in China nowadays with little concern with individual artistic expression.

Sorry, I'll get off my hobby horse!  :)  My post is late today, because blogger has been acting up and not uploading photos....Grrrr....

The red is a second hand application of red enamel paint over the original hand painted flower design that has been fired. The red enamel is raised and is sometimes called jeweling.  The makes is Phoenix which was made by Thomas Forester and Sons in Staffordshire, England who made a lot of hand painted items in the 1930-1940s. The company closed in 1959.

For more info on the Phoenix teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photo.

This is a recipe for a lemon tart from a great Cottage Journal email I receive because I subscribe to both Victoria Magazine and Tea Time Magazine.

Makes 1 (12-inch) tart

1 3/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
6 egg yolks
1 large egg
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Garnish: sliced lemons

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. In a medium bowl, combine crumbs, 1/3 cup melted butter, and brown sugar. Press firmly on bottom and up sides of a 12-inch tart pan. Bake for 10 minutes; let cool.
3. In a medium saucepan, melt 1 cup butter over medium heat. Whisk in sugar, lemon juice, egg yolks, and egg. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, and cool completely.
4. In a medium bowl, beat cream at medium-high speed with a mixer until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into cooled lemon mixture. Spoon into prepared tart shell. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
And I LOVED some of the photos in the Cottage Journal email from their publications: 

These were from last month's Blue & White issue...which is ALWAYS my favorite color scheme!!!!!

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  1. That is such a neat cup!

    The blue and white is so beautiful! And hydrangea is my favorite!

    Thanks for your comment today!


  2. I love the artistry in older teacups - breathtakingly gorgeous! Blue and white is always a serene combination - these are lovely photos! Victoria and Tea Time are marvelous publications - thank you for sharing your terrific post with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,

  3. Hello Ruth,
    I love the blue and white china. Sometimes I wish I had started collecting blue and white instead of red and white. But when you've raised three boys and been surrounded by blue most of your adult life, one wants a change. I love both Tea Time and Victoria magazines. Your Lemon tart looks fabulous and thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a delightful day.


  4. Hello Ruth~ I do not think I have seen many hand painted cups...thanks for sharing. The tart sounds mouth watering..yum! Happy end to August. Thanks for visiting my blog~

  5. Your Phoenix teacup is lovely - the first I've seen by this maker. I also enjoy the Cottage Journal email. They do contain some great recipes and lemon cream tart looks like one of them.

  6. Dear Ruth - I just love the in-depth knowledge about all the artistry of so many teacups - the unity and diversity of the teacup is fascinating when you see what happens to it design-wise in the hands of so many different china houses! Thanks for sharing your informative posts!
    Miss Kathy

  7. Yes - very beautiful tea cup and saucer and the one below is really pretty - fruits. Boy that lemon tart looks yummy - glad I just worked out at the Y|M|C|A or all this baking is pushing me over the top! Have a great week Ruth! (also, I am no longer in ATAA)

  8. Beautiful post! Your art deco tea cup is fabulous. It is a unique and vibrant cup.
    The lemon cream tart looks divine! I would love a slice of that!

  9. HI Ruth, just a beautiful Springtime srt deco tea cup.And all that blue and white in the magazine issue is just lovely. I've never bought blue/white china, but I've always admired it! A moment of loveliness #20 yvette


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