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.
The covered tea cup is a traditional vessel for brewing and drinking tea, and may or may not have a strainer to filter the leaves out. This one includes a strainer and a European-style handle.
Pastel bubble-eyed goldfish, symbolizing wealth and prosperity, swim on the surface of this garden-pond-themed Chinese tea cup.
While your tea steeps in this Chinese Tea Cup enjoy the classic floral design and the aromatic scent. Chinese artists are presenting us with a new mix of traditional and contemporary Tea Cup designs. If giving Chinese Tea Cups to a friend, request free gift wrapping during your checkout.
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Chinese Tea Cup holds 10 oz. of liquid, is lead free and microwave safe. One 6″ by 4.5″, Chinese Tea Cup Set includes mug, lid, and matching porcelain strainer. One Goldfish, ceramic, Chinese Tea Cup.