Friday, June 13, 2008
On miniature teacups
Many are the tea things I have collected over the years, but one of the few objects I have managed to refrain from collecting is the miniature teacup and saucer set. These are often very cute and easy to find, but you can't really use them, and they take up lots of valuable space that could best be used on adult-sized pieces like the full-sized trio shown here. So, I rarely buy tea miniatures.
But then there was this, on sale for just a dollar at a local thrift shop. I thought it was so pretty, and maybe I can think of a "useful" use for it. (I'm a firm believer in that old William Morris quote: "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.")
But the main reason I bought this is that it's obviously a relative of the set of six trios I received as a gift many years ago. A friend of mine's mother found these at a flea market in Arkansas and thought I would really like them, and she was right! I've actually seen a matching teapot in a tea cookbook, but never any of the other serving pieces. Maybe this miniature set is a sign of things to come!