Monday, June 29, 2009
Another mystery solved. Thinking the ornate Red Egg to be some marketing – packaging ploy of a Pu-erh purveyor ???
Turns out to be a: 藝術品 yì shù pǐn, work of art, from Fijian province. To each their own.
Friday, June 26, 2009
My friend Terry unearthed this trophy of a time passed, a tin of tea (empty), LIPTON’S TEA. (from his parents basement). proclaiming to be:
THE MOST DELICIOUS THE WORLD PRODUCES. Tin measures: 85 mm square by 105 mm tall. This small time capsule, contained another treasure, a hand made; Tea Infuser. Many thx to Terry for gifting me his find. Preliminary research dates the Tin to: 1920’s-30’s. Unfortunately, Terry’s find has no outer label of any kind.
As found on ebay: ANTIQUE LIPTON'S TEA TIN - 1929
This is one of the TINS that were FOUND when A WALL in an OLD HOUSE was being demolished! AMAZINGLY, the PAPER LABEL is STILL AROUND THE OUTSIDE, it is brittle, but it is VERY READABLE. This TIN was PRODUCED IN 1929. The TOP of the lid reads "LIPTON'S TEA THE MOST DELICIOUS THE WORLD PRODUCES". The BOTTOM reads "LIPTON TEA PLANTER CEYLON".
Sunday, June 21, 2009
圍棋 wei gi … an afternoon game of “Go” The game progress in this set of three cups (三個茶杯)
After Go … tea
I only wish these cups were made in the reign of Yong Zheng. 13th. December, 1678 until 8th. October, 1735. At 44 years old he ascended the Imperial Dragon Throne in 1722, dying just before his 58th birthday.
Da(1) Qing(2) Yong (3)Zheng(4) Nian(5) Zhi(6)
NOTE: Chinese characters in this example are written and read in numerical order 1-6. The calligraphy styles will vary over the centuries.
1 “Da” means GREAT, usually the first character in Qing marked pieces
2 “Qing” delineates the dynasty (Qing –Ming)
3-4 “Yong” “ Zheng” delineates in two characters the emperor’s title during his reign
5-6 “Nian” “ Zhi” delineates (5)“period / year” (6)“make / manufacture”, normally the last two characters.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Couple of pictures of the new line of Tea Serving Tables:
Thanks' for the tea, see you next time: I ended up with about: 8,500 grams of tea, (close to 19lbs) and some “Stuff – teapot and cups”
Another mystery of the orient: birthdays are not a simple affair. Each year the celebration date follows the lunar calendar. In 2007, June 28th, so: logically in 2009 we celebrate on 6/6.
This year we had a friend from Japan in town .. nice touch presenting flowers at dinner.
Friday, June 05, 2009
Small bays dot the coastline:
It’s a hard life, eking out a living from the sea.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
My favorite tea shop in Dongguan City. Some obvious changes in this and the other tea shops nearby. Less merchandise, fewer customers, but still good tea.
Pu-Erh prices have dropped and are fairly consistent in most stores Mrs.. Yang is carrying a new line of Large Wooden Slab tables .. quality and finish is very good.
Li Hong is much taller, a lot of growing up in a year