Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ethel's Teacup - A Family Treasure

"Tea beckons us to enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones, and especially to rediscover the art of relaxed conversation."  - Dorthea Johnson

© "Ethels' Teacup - A Family Treasure", Watercolor, Size: 7.25"x9.5"
     Laura Leeder, March 2011

This painting is finally finished!  Overall, I am pleased with the results.    
The teacup is part of my friend Claudia's china set.  The set was owned by her great-grandmother (Ethel)who passed the set on to Claudia's mother who then passed the set on to her.  A family treasure that is used on special occasions.    

The bottom of the saucer reads: Vignaud/Limoge/France.  I did a bit of reasearch and found that the actual name of the pattern is called "St.Quentin" named after a basilica in France. It would appear that this pattern was produced from 1911-1938.

The discovery of Kaolin clay near Limoges, France in the 1700's created a new industry in France -- hard paste Porcelain. (Which up to that time was a highly secret process in China.) Prior to this discovery it was soft paste porcelain which was extremely fragile and had no staying power.

The name Limoges can be used on any porcelain piece that is made with the kaolin clay and made in the City of Limoges, France.

Giclee prints and gift cards of this painting will be available for purchase in May.

*Attend the Creston Museum's Old Fashioned Tea, this summer, and you could be the winner of one of my "Teacup" paintings!     Make a reservation for the tea

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston,BC

Did You Know.....
The legend of tea begins with Shen Nung, an early Chinese emperor who ruled over 5,000 years ago.

He was a skilled scientist and patron of the arts, and very conscious of his health. While he was boiling water one day, (he boiled water as a hygienic precaution) a gust of wind came by and blew some leaves from a nearby bush into his pot of water. Being that he was a scientist, he observed that the water turned a brownish color and that it must have meant something chemical happened to the water. He decided to try it and after finding it very satisfying, tea officially became a beverage.


Win Dinn, Painted Turtle Gallery said...

This is truly lovely, Laura, and I love the story behind it as well!

Laura Leeder said...

Thank You Win!

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