Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tea for Two-sday ~ Teacup Tales: Painted Purple

Happy Tea for Two-sday to you! Today I thought I would talk about another teacup - though it's actually a tea set with sugar, creamer, teapot, cups and saucers.

It might be a little difficult to see the colors in the picture, but the set is painted purple and gold. The insides are a pearlescent white. Very pretty! It would be a special set just for how pretty and unusual it is, but it actually belonged to my Great Aunt Catherine, who passed away a few years ago. I am honored to have it!

My Great Aunt Catherine hand-painted this Bavarian china tea set while she was in high school. They had a China Painting Class! What a lost art. I think it's fascinating. She initialed and dated the bottom of each piece. The set was painted by her in 1928!

I never knew this set existed or that she had hand-painted any china. A couple of my Aunts were going through her things before an estate sale a couple of years ago and called to see if I would like them to pick out something for me. This is the set they picked out and shipped to me. How special! My Great Aunt Catherine also had a book written during the her last year telling many stories of her life. I have a copy and it tells of the China Painting Class!

I hope you enjoyed my little Teacup Tale today. Do you have any treasured teacups in your home?


  1. What a completely wonderful story and what a beautiful tea set. Do you use it? Or is it just for show? It just looks like it would make any tea taste better!
    BIG hugs.

  2. That is a gorgeous set!! Check my blog out today. My cupcake competition did tea and per your suggestion, I made the cupcake into a tea cup:-)

  3. I don't...but for my birthday my sweet little girl picked me out a really cool artsy fartsy green mug and I love it! :)

  4. What a beautiful set! I do have some pretty tea cups & tea pots. I love them. I used to collect them more before my son was born. They are so pretty. They remind me of a bygone era.

    BTW, I tried a new tea last night...China Pearl by Celestial Seasonings. Way yummy! It's not a fruity flavor. It's more subtle than that. Of course, I had to add sugar to it :o)

  5. That is such an amazing tea set and the story behind it is so very priceless. Thanks for sharing! Also, my Chocomommies blog is up and running, I promoted your blog through my first official posting :)


  6. Could you imagine a "tea set painting" class being offered today! Wouldn't that be cool! That set is simply beautiful. What a treasured memory!

    Stay Cozy,

  7. Beautiful set! I love collecting tea cups and tea pots. I like the way you used another tea cup and saucer as a serving piece. Very nice.

    Enjoy your precious heirloom.

  8. I love your tea set and the wonderful story.
    My 7 year old grandaughter and I are collecting tea sets and regularly have tea parties.
    Elizabeth (simplepleasures)


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