These amazing cups are from the early- to mid-Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). They are roughly three hundred years old. In our experience, antique cups make much better tea. The quality of the porcelain, wood firing and simple spirit of use over time enhance one’s tea greatly. We invite you to experiment with these cups versus modern ones. We think you also will find that they improve your tea. These cups are glazed on the outside with celadon as decoration, which makes them quite gorgeous, indeed.
These were originally wine cups, though they have most likely been used for tea for decades now. They were not high-class cups either, but simple, ordinary ones, used by everyday people like us, which we feel better expresses the spirit of tea. As a result, they are wabi, which means imperfect. We will do our best to match the cups in sets of five, which is the traditional number of a set of cups, but there will be some variation in size. Also, these cups are three hundred years old, so they all have spots, chips and sometimes even hairline cracks (not leaking though). Antique cups that are perfect grade are very expensive, often more for one cup than this entire set. We hope that like us you will not only accept the “blemishes” of time on these cups, but celebrate them for what they are: the wear and tear of daily use over centuries, which is a large part of the soul in these cups!
Each set comes with a silk box. They are a minimum donation of $150