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Early Kangxi eggshell Teacup with saucer

Early Kangxi eggshell Teacup with saucer, ca 1680-1700 This is a eggshell porcelain tea cup with saucer, from the Qing Dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1720) period, ca 1680-1700.

As could be expected of these early tea cups - when the saucer actually belongs to the cup - the saucer fits perfectly as a lid to the cup.

This was because in the earliest days the tea was not made in tea pots but the tea leafs was put directly in the cup; hot water was poured over the leafs; and the tea was left to brew.

While waiting for the tea you could admire the beautiful decoration on the saucer / lid. In this case a brocade pattern with flowers, probably copied from a silk design.

Thank you for your interest.

Best regards,
Jan-Erik Nilsson