Monday, April 12, 2010

Martha and Terri's Tea Cup Tuesday

Many thanks to Martha (http://www.marthasfavorites.com/) and Terri (artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/)  for sponsoring Tea Cup Tuesday. It's such great fun!   (CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTOS)



Anyone who sips tea from the Japanese Royal Sealy black and gold decorated china cup featured today will feel like royalty.
From its gold colored handle to the gold etchings against a lustre background, this cup is classy and elegant. On both the saucer and inside the smooth inside of the cup there are gold floral designs framed with gold borders. Each of those designs is set inside black background shapes with golden criss-crossed lines, dotted with tiny stars.

The pedestal bottom of the cup is fluted in gold and cream color.
The totally charming aspect of this cup is that the background colors look like the rainbow surface of a giant soap bubble. The colors come to life when the cup is tilted to the light.


Let's peek over the rim of the cup to see the swirled gold designs:


According to one Internet website, Romance Remembered by Cresa, Royal Sealy china is "highly collectible." It's considered an example of vintage porcelain that will increase in value as time goes by. There really is a tiny seal on the very bottom of the saucer.

Considering that I spotted this cup at a yard sale makes its potential value all the more appealing. If my memory serves me correctly, I paid $3.99 for this beautiful cup!

Here's a picture looking down onto the saucer. Duplicate black and gold designs can also be found inside the cup.


Personally, I really don't care that much about its value. I just like looking at it on my teacup rack, occasionally using it to sip in style, and dreaming of what it's like to be a queen. Ha!

20 comments:

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: This is a beautiful cup. I love the how the gold pops out of the cup. Thank you so much for sharing it is a stunning cup. What a great deal. Tea Cup Tuesday would not be the same with out you! Thanks, Martha

Linda said...

How beautiful! Wow, tea cups continue to amaze me with their beauty.

BECKY said...

Hi Susan! You really do have a beautiful collection of tea cups. You're making me want to go hunting for more! Very, very pretty!

Mildred said...

That pattern is very pretty. The pedestal bottom is exquisite. So, how does it feel to be Queen?!!!

Kiki said...

Wow..fabulous! Very enchanting..and so beautiful!! Happy Tea Time!
kiki~

Chatty Crone said...

Good morning Susan,

Wonder why someone would want to get rid of something so beautiful. It is very stately.

Do you occasionally drink out of it? Or is it just for show and tell?

Sandie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I think the gold and black on this tea cup create such an elegant aire about it!! Pure elegance!! It has a bit of a lusterware look to the outside of the cup. I could just imagine an entire table set with this gorgeous pattern.

And for $3.99!! You are my type of shopper!!
I have the same tea cup rack as you do but mine has heart cut outs in the top of the rack!!
Debbie

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

Susan, that is T - H - E most elegant tea cup I have ever layed eyes on....
the pattern is so regal and dramatic....

thanks for sharing this beauty! I love Tea Cup Tuesdays!

ciao bella
thanks for your beautiful comments, you always know how to make me feel really special! love ya!

creative carmelina was here!

Me....bunny said...

Very detailed and the colors are stunning!

have a wonderful day!

tootles,
bunny

Karen Lange said...

Very exquisite! :)

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

This teacup is stunning Susan! So dainty and delicate and your photos really pick up the details!! And such a deal you got :-)
Thanks for sharing it with us teacup lovers!!
Lynn

Jan said...

WOW...you paid so little for such a treasure! I haven't seen that cup before ~ it's so elegant! And your pictures make the presentation perfectly pretty!
Thanks for sharing this lovely!

Msartist said...

What a vintage cup it is stunning! I just love the beautiful pattern and exquisite look of it!
What a find~ All my best, Theresa

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

I know you were just joking! about my broken saucer! if you don't have a sense of lighthearted humor, then what do you have, right!

ciao bella
carmelina

Terri said...

Gorgeous! And highly collectible, isn't that fab!
I think the soap bubble effect must be so pretty.
Thank you for sharing with us.
Terri

Susan said...

I don't think I have seen a china cup I did not like!! Yours are beautiful!

Dianne said...

It's gorgeous!

Susan said...

Hi Everybody! Loved reading all your comments about today's Tuesday Tea Cup selection. Wow! Never knew so many people were interested in tea cups! It was great to have each of you visit. Please come again, won't you? Sincerely, Susan

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Susan! That is one fancy teacup. Such an exquisite design. My husband thinks I am cheap since I don't care about how much something costs. I would rather pay a little for something I love than a lot for something I really don't want. He doesn't understand that concept when it comes to jewelry. I much prefer costume jewelry over the expensive stuff any day. I see that you got some great books at the sale. My friends ordered Oprah's book and gave it to me for my 40th birthday. I recently saw another one in the bookstore here that I am thinking about getting. Happy reading and cooking. Best wishes for your day. :) Tammy

Susan said...

Hi Tammy! Thanks for your message. So happy so came to visit. Come again soon! Sincerely, Susan

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