Monday, July 27, 2009

Blue Monday - Japanese Tea Cups and Saucers

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These are four cups and five saucers that came to me from my mother. Obviously, something broke, but that was many years ago. My mom got them (along with several other things) from her Uncle Charlie--my grandfather's brother. I especially like the shape of the handles.

Here's a glimpse at the inside of one of the cups. I love the beautiful artwork.

Uncle Charlie first married Aunt Margaret and Aunt Margaret bought these tea cups. Unfortunately, Aunt Margaret died. When Uncle Charlie married his second wife, Aunt Betty, she wanted the house to be filled with things that better suited her taste. So, the china was given to my mom who later, passed them down to me. They're quite delicate. I use them for display in my china cabinet. I love the Blue color. There's a good bit of gold too, but that doesn't show up so well.

Here's a shot of the markings on the bottom of the tea cup.

Blue Monday Participants
1. Sally
2. ellen b
3. Elizabeth
4. Lana G!
5. Anne Fannie
6. Lavoice
7. Robyn
8. CailinMarie
9. Marjorie...Molly
10. bj
11. Annemieke @ The Netherlands
12. fitty
13. Ivory Spring
14. Gee
15. Gemma
16. Jeanne
17. NicoleB Hungary
18. Maria Berg, Sweden
19. Valerie@Snap-Pea
20. Hip chick
21. Itajeff
22. Mary@oOne Perfect Bite
23. Janie at Southern Lagniappe
24. Mojo,NC,USA
25. Barbara@Purple Goat Lady
26. cindy
27. Kathy
28. charli and me
29. DeniseMarie
30. Debra Kaye
31. Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections
32. Knitty
33. Annies Home
34. Becky K.
35. KayC
36. Candy
37. Claudie @ Bubblin' Over
38. Miranda
39. storyteller at Small Reflections
40. Fifi Flowers
41. Lynns Lovelies
42. Iris
43. charmine
44. TwirlandTaste
45. barbara jean
46. Kim: To Desire, Live -To Travel
47. Puna @ LifeSignatures
48. AnnA
49. Rita @ Cashjocky and the Old Salt

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Salmagundi said...

Those are beautiful! I love the Oriental influence in china. I bet they are beautiful in your cupboard. Sally

ellen b said...

Those are very cool Sally! I love the great color and design! Happy blue Monday to you!

Barbara said...

Oh Sally, I love those, especially the cups. What a shame you have so few pieces. They are beautiful.

Happy Blue Monday.


Unknown said...

I love the richness of the blue and gold and the beautiful Japanese artistry!
Have a great week, Sally!

Lana G! said...

Love the handles too! Really pretty pieces Sally!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Sally how pretty are these and so special that you have them...May you have a wonderful week my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Gee said...

Dear Sally,

Yes, the handle is unique and the artwork is termendously beautiful. I havent posted my BM yet. Hope I can find the time to do so afterwards. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Sally, guess what? YOU WON MY TEA CUP BIRD FEEDER! I waited till today to post it I thought how fitting to post about it on Blue Monday!
I love those oriental cups and saucers! Also, email me your address.

LV said...

Good morning Sally. Nice to be visiting with you and friends on Blue Monday. Your cups are very pretty even with a broken handle. The fact that they belonged to someone special in your life means the most.

imjacobsmom said...

Hi Sally, happy Blue Monday. I'll stop back later tonight after work to comment. ~ Robyn

CailinMarie said...

Hello Sally! I think that china is beautiful! How wonderful to have such neat, individual pieces with a family story. I love thing like that.
Thanks for hosting BLUE MONDAY!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Beautiful blues. I love the little tea cups. And they are great.

bj said...

Such beautiful pieces...made more special by being in the family so long.
Thanks for hosting this beautiful meme...Happy Blue Monday.
xo bj

Gemma Wiseman said...

Really love the Oriental art detail in these pieces! They look so gracious and elegant! Beautiful!

jeanne said...

Hello Sally, it was hard to do but I posted today as promised. We arrived home at 3:00am. Sigh. I am tired but happy to be home to STAY!!!

I love your gorgeous vintage cup and saucer and the other items you shared. How lucky Uncle Charlie's 2nd wife didn't want them. I am familiar with this pattern. It has lots of gold and blue. A treasure to have.


Nicole said...

Those are so tender and beautiful!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

How beautiful. I love old teacups.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Your china is just lovely, Sally. How nice that it was passed to you. It's always nice to have pieces with history in our homes.

Southern Lady said...

Sally, your cups and saucers are exquisite and very unique. How nice that they were passed down through your family.

I hope you have a happy Blue Monday. How are the house plans coming?

Mojo said...

They'd suit my tastes just fine! These are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Your Aunt Margaret has a fondness of Asian china? The design and the images are beautiful - like the vases you featured last week. Deep blues and golds. And yes, the details inside makes you wanna peek inside the cup :-)


ItaJeff said...

Hi Sally
They look so elegant with the great design and color.
Happy blue Monday


Gemma Wiseman said...

Hi Sally,

My Mr Linky connection does go straight to my Blue Monday post!
I don't really mean to be a pain, but once again you thought that the last post on my blog was for Blue Monday but it wasn't! (It just happened to have some blue in it, but it was for another meme. On Mondays, I often do up to 5 posts!)

I have just checked my Mr Linky here and it does take you straight to the right post called Dawn of Midnight Blue!

Anyways, glad you liked the other one!

Have a great Blue Monday!

♥ Kathy said...

Your cups are beautiful Sally. Happy Blue Monday.

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sally. I hope you has a lovely weekend. Oh my, these dishes are absolutely beautiful! I'll bet they look just lovely in your display cabinet. You are very fortunate to have been givin such a beautiful treasure. I hope you have a wonderful day. The sun is shining here in Mi.

Denise Marie said...

I love it when the cup has a little work on the inside too. Happy Monday!!

Debra Kaye said...


As one who loves teacups, I can tell you I fell in love with these...they are just beautiful!

Enjoy and Happy Blue Monday!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Very nice! I won't be participating today because we are on the go. I will try to visit some other blues though. Happy Blue Monday, Sally!


annies home said...

very pretty

Knitty said...

I love the artwork and handles too, but I remember my dad not being comfortable with the cup handles of my mom's good dishes. I bet most men today are so used to mugs, these handles would really puzzle them!

Cindy said...

I love them. The Chinese? artwork is so pretty. Nice story to go along with it.

Sharlotte said...

Hi Sally,
This is my first post to your Blue Monday postings, I'm so glad that I found you!

I love your dishes. they are beautiful!The designs and colors are amazing. I love the handles as well!

I'm enjoying all the other participants and their blue postings.
Thanks for hosting!

Becky K. said...

This makes me anxious to show you some of the tea things I got pictures of at Winterthur as well as their Chinese wallpapered room. So pretty!

You have me thinking "blue" when I am out. Love it!

Becky K.

Candy said...



claudie said...

My good friend Lucie had her whole apt decorated in oriental originals. I know she had a set of these pretties. I drank out of them.
Happy Blue Monday Sally
Love Claudie

KayC. said...

First of all, thank you for hosting. Your china is very pretty. I too, love the little art detail inside the cup. Have a great day!

squawmama said...

Good Morning Sally, Those are really beautiful tea cups... I know you treasure them...


Needled Mom said...

Nice blues, but GORGEOUS cups.

April said...

So pretty and unique! Have a great day, Sally!

Miranda said...

Beautiful dishes!

Charlotte said...

beautiful cups and saucers. I especially like the handles too.
No blue Monday for me today. It did start out just a little "blue". Our electricity was off for a couple of hours but it's back on now or I wouldn't be here commenting. lol
Happy Blue Monday.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

What lovely Oriental dishes ;--)
I'm participating in Blue Monday for the first time this week. Seems like fun ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Beautiful Japanese cups and saucers, Sally. Love the colors and the detail.

Have a great "blue" Monday... I posted my Bluebirds again today--just for you.

Fifi Flowers said...

Beautiful cup!!! Happy Blue Monday to you!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh, these pieces are simply stunning. I love the attention to detail in the pattern. Just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Barbara H. said...

I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like those. I love the handles, too!

Anonymous said...

Delicate,rich and spectacular all at one time~~Thanks so much for sharing and hosting, Miss Sally!

sara said...


Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

How beautiful. The colors are so deep and vibrant. The shape of the handles are really pretty. How nice that you have these.

Have a wonderful week. Blue Monday's is such a nice way to start the week. Thanks for having it.


bj said...

Sally, I never can find a comment link on Snap-Pea's blog. Am I just missing it or does she not take comments?

Historical sites with charmine said...

I love your beautiful handpainted china,that is a lovely piece.Glad it's with you now as you'll cherish it forever.I have posted,Happy Blue monday.

Musings of A Minister said...

Beautiful! Have a happy Blue Monday.

Unknown said...

It's always amazed me the intricate and delicate work done on fine china. What talent that can be appreciated and used for years.
Happy Twirls

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

It is a very attractive cup and saucer, its so nice to see beauty in simple things !
It would make your cup of tea taste so much delicious !
Have a good week !

Barbara Jean said...

I'm late, but I'm here.

thanks for hosting Sally!!

Blessings on your Blue Monday

Barbara jean

Maria Berg said...

It is called "Hide cot blue" the lavendual , but I am sorry if you see it as purple and not blue - hope you do not mind having it here this week. Will try to have something really really blue next week.

Love MB

Unknown said...

Love the intricate designs on the tea set! What a beautiful Blue!!

Have a wonderful blue Monday!

Susan B said...

The teacups and saucers are beautiful!! Thank you for sharing them.

Puna said...

I love dishes. I didn't write this post for your linky but so many people told me they like the blue so I linked it. Happy Monday!

AnnA said...

Very Beautiful china you are showing, Sally!
And i am showing something bleu in the garden.
Have a nice week!/

Shirl said...

Hi Sally, Happy Blue Monday. Very pretty china that your showing today. I was not able to get my post up today, it was cloudy and the pics would go up. I'll have to just use that post for next Monday now.
Have a great week.
Shirls Rose Cottage

Unknown said...

Sally, those are beautiful!

imjacobsmom said...

Sally, I finally had time to come back and take a closer look at your china. It 's so pretty and delicate. (You were lucky that your Aunt wanted her own things.) I bet they look really pretty in your china cabinet. It's pretty how they even have a little design on the inside of the cups, too. ~ Robyn

Dixie said...

Sally... love the japanese teacups... beautiful... not surprized... you mom obviously had wonderful taste.

have a beautiful week!

Regina said...

It's nice to have such collections of fine porcelain.

Have a great week Sally.

Regina said...

And by the way just posted my blue. Thank you.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh how beautiful these are! laurie