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Blue Tea Sets
The tea set is found in just about every society, in one form or another. Along with the history of tea, the tea set has a relatively global existence. Tea sets are often found enhancing a sideboard, tabletop, or kitchen counter. The tea set is used for ceremonial purposes and as decorative accents of Japanese d?cor. There are many angles of the tea set that is meant to excite the collector or the local tea connoisseur.
Frequently used as the centrepiece for the afternoon tea, the tea set is also used for personal tea breaks, family gatherings, and for serving guests. Not only do tea sets include the teapot and cups, but are often accompanied by a creamer, sugar bowl, and serving tray, on which the pieces can be carried and stored.
Tea sets were not originally sets at all. China is connected historically with the origin of tea. Tea was a mixture of tealeaves that were formed into cakes during the Han Dynasty of 206 to 220 B.C., and they were then crushed in a bowl along with flower petals and spices. Hot water was added to allow the release of the flavors of the teacakes, flower petals, and spices. This mixture was then served, for medicinal purposes, in a bowl to be sipped. Porcelain was used for the creation of these bowls, and was colored either white or blue. White indicated they had been created in the northern area of China, and blue indicated they were made in southern China.
Blue tea sets made in southern China will allow you to serve your tea with a unique and functional style. When used with the matching blue teacups it makes a stunning presentation for a refreshing treat of delicious iced or hot tea.
Blue tea sets are available in porcelain, bamboo, metal, ceramic, and even wood. Iron is another popular material that was used in Japan to create tea sets. The most popular materials for making tea sets are porcelain and ceramic. There are a number of designs that can embellish your blue tea set, most of which have significance. For instance, the blue hobnail design signifies beauty and strength, and the blue dragonfly design signifies good fortune.
Nobles from the mid 19th century drank infused tea and often treasured their teapots as cherished and prized possessions which they kept in the family and handed them down from generation to generation.