C – Collecting China -Tea Cups, Tea Pots and Service Pieces

Welcome to letter C and to this year’s Theme:

 The Glories of Tea With Stepheny

Few Americans take time for afternoon tea, but collecting teacups is a passion for many. Finding room and displaying our collections can be a quandary. Most of what we collect, admire, and display is behind glass, occasionally taken out for a party. Though tea tastes best from a proper teacup, people stand at the kitchen counter with their favorite clunky mug in hand and a tea bag string hanging over the edge.

I was blessed to grow up with parents who were collectors…books, and beautiful antique porcelain. Both things exposed me to a lifelong addiction, although for a long time books far outpace the occasional china piece I buy. However, it is that you display your collection, on simple selves or in a cabinet you searched far and wide for, collectors constantly expand their expertise, contributing to the interesting people they are. When you are feeling guilty that you have bought again another teapot, think of the following quote that gives you permission.

“The whole point of collecting is the thrill of acquisition, which must be maximized, and maintained at all costs.”  – John Baxter, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict










About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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8 Responses to C – Collecting China -Tea Cups, Tea Pots and Service Pieces

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    Love the pretty pink! I can’t imagine dusting all those!

  2. trishafaye says:

    What beautiful pieces! Thank you for sharing with us.
    Happy A to Z’ing!

  3. Kathe W. says:

    Gorgeous! Have a lovely day everyday and be well!

  4. jazzfeathers says:

    Oh my goodness! Those pieces are beautiful!
    I’m not a collector myself, but I have a friend who – even if he is not a tea lover himself – is completely obsessed with China ware. He owns a lot of beautiful pieces and he knows so much abotu their history.
    What’s the fascinating fact about antique pieces: you may no use them, but they can still give you a lot in other ways..

    The Old Shelter – Living the Twenties

  5. Years ago, a group of friends and I held monthly tea parties, and we all started collecting wares so we could host. I still have a nice collection of cups in glass-door hanging cupboards, and a glass-fronted standing china cupboard holds the dining and serving pieces. I keep the large teapots in a kitchen cupboard because I use them for everyday, but the individual pots and sugars and creamers are displayed on trays or atop bookshelves – lots of dusting, but what’s the point of a collection if no one can see it? 🙂

    • You are a girl after my own heart. I vote for monthly tea parties again. You all must have had a fun time. Thanks for sharing your collection, I know it brings you joy. Delighted we could have tea today. Come again!

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