Design for Tea: Tea Wares from the Dragon Court to Afternoon Tea

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Why did polite society lift its little finger along when raising the tea-cup to the mouth? What is a mote spoon? What is the origin of the word "caddy"? This book takes readers through the various groups of tea equipage used over the past 350 years. The story behind the development of the various pieces of tea brewing and drinking equipment all have a tale to tell - sometimes an extraordinary one. Learn why Cruickshank's poor Frenchman was compelled to drink 14 cups of tea because he didn't understand the custom...
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Why did polite society lift its little finger along when raising the tea-cup to the mouth? What is a mote spoon? What is the origin of the word "caddy"? This book takes readers through the various groups of tea equipage used over the past 350 years. The story behind the development of the various pieces of tea brewing and drinking equipment all have a tale to tell - sometimes an extraordinary one. Learn why Cruickshank's poor Frenchman was compelled to drink 14 cups of tea because he didn't understand the custom of standing the spoon in the cup to indicate that one had had enough. The book contains lively and pithy contemporary quotes from literature, diaries, trade catalogues and historical documents together with a selection of illustrations.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780750932837
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 'Priests' Hats and Lotus Flowers': Earthenware Teapots from China 1
2 'In a Porcelain Vessel': Porcelain Teapots from China and Japan 9
3 'In Imitation and as Curious': Earthenware Teapots from Europe and America 17
4 'Little Inferior to those from China': Porcelain Teapots from Europe and America 27
5 'The Best Silver': Silver Teapots 35
6 'The Bubbling and Loud Hissing Urn': Kettles and Urns 43
7 'To Sip the Enlivening Beverage': Dishes and Bowls 52
8 'How is your Cup?': Cups and Saucers 62
9 'We had Each our Own Little Table': Tea Tables and Trays 70
10 'A Pound of Tea with ye Bottle': Jars, Bottles and Canisters 83
11 'The Prevalence of Locks and Keys': Chests and Caddies 90
12 'Measure for Measure': Caddy Spoons 100
13 'A Piece of Sugar the Size of a Hazelnut': Teaspoons and Sugar Tongs 105
14 'They Call them Milk Bottles': Milk Jugs and Creamers 115
15 'With Narrow Pointed Ends': Mote Spoons 123
16 'Restraining the Leaves': Tea Strainers and Infusers 126
17 'A Pretty Little Tea Set upon a Small Table': Tea Sets 133
18 'Warming the Pot': Tea Cosies 142
19 'Pretty Specimens of Fancy Work': Tablecloths, Napkins and Doilies 146
20 'The Daintiest One can Afford': Tea-Time Extras 152
App Places of Interest to Tea-lovers 165
Bibliography 173
Index 175
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