Tea cupsPorcelain teacups are must-haves for tea connoisseurs interested in obtaining all of the trappings of a traditional tea service. From ancient China to modern porcelain production, tea lovers will enjoy these brief historical notes on porcelain teacups.

Roots in Chinese History

The history of the tea and teacups takes us back to ancient China. A Chinese legend suggests that Emperor Shen Nong invented tea in 2737 B.C. when he advocated the practice of boiling water for good health.

*In the Tang Dynasty, a scholar published the first book on the subject of tea. After studying tea for two decades, Lu Wu published Cha Ching around 350 A.D., which means “The Tea Classic.”

Tea Comes to Europe

In 1610, the Dutch East India Company ships brought back tea from China to Europe. A century later in the early 1700s, Europeans began importing Chinese teacups. The first teacups were without handles and looked more like tiny bowls.

*In modern society, teacups have become staples of the global tea culture.

Porcelain Teacups

Today, some people collect teacups, such as decorative porcelain teacups, to display in their china cabinets or hutches. Other tea lovers purchase porcelain teacups and other handmade and manufactured teacups for the practical use of drinking tea.

*You can collect porcelain teacups or use them to drink tea.

Porcelain Production

Beautiful teacups are often made of porcelain. The fine art of porcelain production involves baking clay at a very high temperature (about 2,650 degrees Fahrenheit) so that it becomes glassy, acquiring low porous and translucent qualities. Porcelain differs from china because the former is harder and has modern medical and industrial uses.

*The first true porcelain emerged in China during the Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D.), the same era as the publication of Lu Wu’s book.

Unique Porcelain Designs

Since the Tang dynasty, porcelain production has been adapted and refined in many countries around the world. Teacup lovers discover unique glazes and porcelain designs from different countries and add them to their teacup collection. When you buy a porcelain teacup, it does not matter if you plan to drink from it or display it delicately from a hook on your china cabinet.

*Remember that although porcelain teacups are breakable, when you take care of them they last a lifetime.

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