Thursday, November 3, 2011

Demitasse Cup & Saucer ~

It may seem surprising to some (it is, even to me!) that a lifelong tea drinker, such as myself, didn't collect teacups ~ (note my use of the past tense!) ~ but I'm a relatively new collector. I always enjoyed looking at them, but now I find myself becoming enamored with them, espeically the antique and vintage ones. This is one of my latest finds ~  a delicate pink, green and gold demitasse cup & saucer. It's marked on the bottom " Made in France expressly for the Bailey, Banks & Biddle Co. Philadelphia, Pa."


I've been doing a little research, and although "demitasse" is French for "half-cup" and was originally used to serve Arabic coffee or expresso ~ it's my understanding that they were also used for tea. Perhaps some of the other bloggers who regularly post about tea and teacups can help me out with this. It's a beautiful cup, no matter, and although the saucer looks almost lavender in the photos, it's actually a very soft pink.




Until next time, anyone for a cuppa?






17 comments:

Mara Wildflower said...

What a nice find! I really like the detail at the top of the cup.

I actually like little "half-cups" or expresso cups. I have a few in my collection, but I am afraid they are not very vintage. They sometimes sell them at a local discount store here in town, and when I find a unique set (usually, they are in a set of four or six), I buy it.

Cottage and Broome said...

I'm a tea drinker too and don't have too many tea cups either. I think that is mainly because the cups are so small! They are small but oh so beautiful, love yours. Laura Cottage and Broome

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I love vintage china and your cup is gorgeous! Thanks for following my blog. I am signing up to follow your lovely blog.

Danielle

Gwendolyn said...

Looks like you are off to a fabulous start on your new collection! Have fun with it.
Blessings~

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

I am not a tea drinker but I do love teacups. Your cup is beautiful!

AliciaArtShop said...

Love your beautiful teacup! What a fun collection to start. Have a happy creative weekend! ~Alicia

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

A beautiful find! The pink certainly caught my eye!

Linda said...

Very pretty...my Grandma gave me her collection of tea cups...I cherish them all!

Gabriela Delworth said...

HPS!


Love them!


Gabriela

NanE said...

Hi Cindy, Happy PINK Saturday! I love this little cup, the design is gorgeous. TFS, Nan

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Cindy Sweetie... What a treasure you have found. I love the half cup tea cups best of all. Sometimes in my busy day, that is about all I have time for, and by evening that is all the caffeine I should have.

The color and pattern are absolutely exquisite. So dainty. Thank you for sharing this beautiful find. She's a beauty. Country hugs and much love, Sherry

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Such a gorgeous cup and saucer! Love it.

Treasia said...

It is a lovely and delicate piece of china. I really love it. One year I started out collecting a few of them myself. Over that year I had an excessive amount. So that Christmas I made each of them into homemade candles for gift giving. I simply glued the saucer to the cup and turned the cup into a candle. Very easy and everyone loved them.

chubskulit said...

So beautiful!

Pink hat, have a great weekend!

beach bungalow said...

Gorgeous, and a perfection bombination of pink and aqua too!

S
xo

Lisa Balazs said...

The detail on this demitasse is beautiful. I picked up a complete set this year myself only in gold. I wished I had found one like yours. Have a wonderful Pink Saturday.
Hugs, LisaKay
bellesrosesromantiques.blogspot.com

pinkkandy said...

I am late getting to my Pink Saturday...adventures..there's just something about topping your week-end off with lovely PINK eye candy...and getting to know you through your blogs...God Bless and have a great week!
Kandy

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