First up (and excuse the less than stellar photography, but I am traveling and using a bench as a desk) is this adorable little teacup and saucer set. I have been hunting a nice set for a while, all of my teacups lack saucers, and that seems wrong. This is Tulip by Sango, and I love the gold gilding.
My mom and grandmother both hated me a little for finding this first, it is a super tiny gaiwan! It has no markings so I will certainly have my work cut out for me researching this thing's age and where exactly it came from. You all know me, I will love the challenge of finding out this gaiwan's origins.
So, when my grandmother found this basket for me, I originally thought it was a food basket, and decided it would be neat for carrying tea gear around. After noticing that it had a "made in Shanghai" and a delightfully vintage feel, I decided to research it. Turns out it is a Wedding Basket, a tradition that is part of Chinese weddings that I was unaware existed. I am still going to use it to carry tea gear and snacks places though, it is perfect for it!
Meet my new tea bowl! I am going to use it as a chawan, it is the perfect size and shape for it, plus I have a desire to have one for each season and this is perfect for summer. I once visited a wetlands park that had a lake filled with lotus flowers, the aroma of their blooms in summer was beautiful.
This is the last little friend procured from thrifting. It was a gift from my mom and I know it is probably an Irish Coffee cup, but you know, I like strangely shaped cups. Sadly there is also a new tray that I will be using for tea, but I forgot to take a picture of it and it is already packed up in the car. It is a delightfully vintage tray with inlaid coral and abalone shell in the pattern of tropical fish. I am very enamored of it even if it is really beat up and needs some repairs. Hopefully there will be a post tomorrow, we will be on the road all day and I might be too tired to write when we get home, if so see you all on Monday!