In olden times, Chinese royalties used to collect tea wares which commemorated important occasions. These exquisite pieces were cherished family possessions and were passed down through generations. The traditional techniques and methods used in those days in creating these silver tea wares have left a legacy and the value of this art form has remained unchanged.
Master Zhao is a rare window to the past, culture and heritage of China, which he displays intricately with versatility in the 999 silver Yin Hu teapots and tea wares he crafts. The use of metals such as silver, gold etc as principal components to craft tea wares reflect the aristocratic lifestyle, and the cultural and philosophical ideas of the times. Master Zhao’s masterpieces range between $500 – $4000 and are recommended for serious art lovers and collectors. I would compare these pieces of art to the rare diamonds we can find, for if they weren’t unique they would be free as pebbles and a dime a dozen.
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Tutticonfetti was born in early 2012 with little clothing and uncertain destination, very simple characters, with a limited color gamut and a vintage touch. We love their portrayal of absurd situations, but behind each one of them there is a reflection or dialogue that tries to unravel the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of some things and the absurdity of others with a cup of tea.
Silver Teacup and Saucer
Oomersi Mawji (O.M.), ca. 1860, Bhuj, Kutch, India
Saucer, 1 in. h x 5 3/8 in. diam. (2.54 x 13.65 cm)
Cup 2 5/8 in. h x 4 in. l x 3 ¼ in. diam. (6.7 cm tall x 10.16 long x 8.25 diam)
Set Weight: 9 oz. (255 grams)
This exquisite silver piece can only lead one to try to imagine it’s romantic history. The two pieces are a matched teacup and saucer, by the renowned Kutch silversmith Oomersi Mawji, and bearing his stylized coriander-leaves-and-flowers motif. Each piece is inscribed “E.B. Lover,” the cup on its side, emblazoned on a ribbon; the saucer around its center, where the cup would rest.
But Oomersi Mawji, who certainly made many teapots, knew well that a hot liquid in a silver cup would render the cup handle impossible to be held in one’s fingers. It appears then that the teacup and saucer was perhaps never intended for holding tea, but that the form was rather only fanciful, perhaps meant to hold a small bouquet of flowers on a breakfast tray, or to convey some particular allusion. And what of the inscription, “E. B. Lover”? Is it simply the name of someone it was presented to as a gift? Or does “lover “ signify something else altogether? Time has its secrets.
Harish K. Patel
Harish K. Patel has been collecting Indian classical art for more than twenty years. His silver collection from India dates from the Raj Period, some of it made by local Indian silversmiths, some by British Colonials. The collection includes the work of Orr and Hamilton, as well as Oomersi Mawji, Dass & Dutt, and others, in the regions of Kutch, Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Kashmir, and Rajasthan.