A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Pink Saturday China, Teacup and Tea Quotes

I couldn't share my blooming iris today for Pink Saturday with How Sweet The Sound...they are purple and yellow. Sigh...




But if there's one thing I DO have...it's pink china...along with other colors, so that's what I have today.






This is a favorite art deco era pale pink teacup with hand painted enamel on transfer design that looks like apple blossoms. The cup and saucer was made by Tuscan in the 1930s and is one of my favorites.


It's amazing how opinion has veered about tea over the decades. In the middle 1700s when it was being first imported to England it was extremely expensive, and thought of more as a drug than a refreshing beverage. The expense caused unethical people to mix tea with all sorts of things to stretch it...and maximize the profit...including some substances which led to death. That prompted the Tea Adulteration Act of 1777 in England which set forth heavy penalties for diluting the tea with other substances. The act itself had this quote in it:


"The adulteration of tea leads to the prejudice of the health of His Majesty's (King George III) , the diminution of revenue, the ruin of the fair trader and to the encouragement of idleness."


Until recently, tea was thought to be dehydrating,  drinking tea far inferior to  drinking water and generally an outdated waste of time. That has now ALL been recognized as incorrect, and the health benefits of tea drinking established...not to mention the relaxation and enjoyment drinking tea with a friend evidences. I'll drink (a cuppa) to that!



The tea! - The tea! -the wholesome tea!
The black, the green, the mixed, the good, the strong Bohea!...
And from it I will never part...
And death, whenever he comes to me,
Will find me - drinking a good strong cup of tea!

From the early 19th century song "The Tea"
from Tea With Jane Austen by Kim Wilson

For more on the art deco teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

Have a great weekend!

6 comments:

  1. I'll drink a cuppa to that too, Ruth! I always enjoy seeing your beautiful china. Thank you for stopping by with your nice comment about my magazine feature. I really appreciate it and you. Happy Pink Saturday too and have a delightful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  2. I don't know why the Tuscan cups fascinate me, but they do. Just picked one up last week.
    As always, your blog is wonderful Ruth.

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  3. I'll take a cup with you too. Can't think of a better beverage to quench the thirst. I will have the teacup at the top of your pile in the first pic, please. xx

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  4. I raise my cuppa to you. My Mom extolled the blessings of healthy tea and we drank tea all our lives. She was a healthy elderly person until 85! I drink tea all day and am never ill. lI love your Jane Austen quote and am adding to my Moms journal. I love that. Blessings

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  5. You never need to apologize for dishes as pretty as these. Gorgeous! Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  6. All your china is beautiful. I've never seen Tuscan china and I do like that pattern with the pale pink background.

    Enjoyed the Jane Austen quote too.

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