Japanese tea sets to know the culture
Fine china is the ideal medium in which to serve a proper tea. Tea sets made of china were remarkably common in the Victorian age due to their strength and beauty, and they remain so today. Many beautiful places grace china cabinets and sideboards all around the world. Tea sets made of china were initially produced in the 1600’s and were very different from the first Japanese tea sets comprising a pot, handle less cups and a bamboo whisk. China tea sets were both elaborated and simple, and an elegant reminder of yesteryear.
China tea sets come in varying sizes. Some may just be a pot and two cups as a large set may consist of many cups, dishes, sugar bowls, creamer and a tray. Even though a little difficult to lift bigger collections, this configuration made drinks for the entire family instead of one individual. These sets may be highly ornamented and gilded with gold or just plain white with a scalloped design. They come in tiny sizes for kids to give tea parties for their dolls and stuffed animals. They are quite convenient because everything is there except the tea, and prepared for any occasion.
Western tea sets also referred to as tea services, initially appeared in metals such as pewter or silver. After ceramic was designed it was only natural that the new product became a tea set to fulfill the demands of the ones that could not afford silver. Bone china was a perfect candidate for a tea set. Pottery sets were awkward and heavy. Bone china allowed the services to be light and flavorful. Bone china sets consisted of a teapot, cups and saucers, serving dishes, creamer, sugar bowl, waste bowl and platters for meals which came alongside the tea. The identical china pattern comprised the whole set. The waste bowl is no longer contained in modern day tea sets. This is the point where the leaves used in making fine tea have been put in order for them to be lost. The majority of these sets are equipped to serve four people, but getting additional components to enlarge the set is extremely straightforward.
A tea service was a status symbol during the Victorian age and several households became collectors. It was common to exhibit sets even though there was just one to flaunt. A perfect place to display a bone china set was facing a window so the light exemplified the translucent qualities of the cups and teapot. China cupboards are another ideal place to display collectible items. Most china cabinets have clear glass and even the sides of some are curved glass for optimal viewing. The best thing about a china cabinet is that the set would not get dusty because it is totally enclosed. These collections left in the open tend to accumulate dust. A china cabinet also gives added protection to the Japanese Tea Set since it cannot fall to the floor and break easily, especially in homes with pets or kids.