The peonies that decorate this cup are symbolic of beauty and opulence, wealth, and high social standing, while the bird that flies over them alludes to happiness to come.
In the beginning, tea cups had no handles (that’s why they are also called tea bowls!), and that’s still the way it is for the most part, in China and Japan. They say that it is so that you know when the tea is cool enough to drink: If the cup doesn’t burn your fingers, the tea won’t burn your mouth! But in Europe, they liked to drink their tea much, much hotter; hot enough to stir in sugar, and cooled with a splash of milk, and so it was in Germany that the first tea cup with a handle was created.
Since then, the handle has spread across the world, to the rest of Europe, to the Americas, and yes, right back to where tea got started in China. Today, many Chinese tea cups made for export include a handle – just in case.
The covered tea cup is a traditional vessel for brewing and drinking tea, and may or may not have/include a strainer to filter the leaves out. This one has/includes a strainer and a Euro-style handle.
As your tea steeps in this Chinese Tea Cup, lose yourself in the lovely garden scene on the cups porcelain surface. Flit among the flowers before removing lid and porcelain stainer and enjoying your aromatic tea.
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Chinese Tea Cup holds 10 oz. of liquid and is lead free. Cup is food and microwave safe. If sending Chinese Tea Cups to a friend, request FREE Gift Wrapping during order process. One 6″ by 4.5″, Chinese Tea Cup Set includes mug, lid, and matching porcelain strainer. One In the Garden, Chinese Tea Cup.