Sunday, February 21, 2016
Black Million Flower Porcelain
This decoration style on porcelain you see in the above pix is called "Black Million Flower". This porcelain is highly regarded in a few Malaysian tea circles. These drinkers found that using these cups to drink tea make the tea taste better. One Malaysian tea drinker attest to the tea being 'more mellow and more body' and the black million flower cups performed better than his 'Ming dynasty cups'.
The "black million flower" porcelain shown in the pix was made in Jingdezhen, China during the late 80s/early 90s. The various flower designs were hand painted with vibrant colors on a black background. I noticed that the larger peony flowers are reminisent of the style used for Peranakan or Nonya porcelain made before World War 2. The interior of these cups are not decorated.
I managed to lay my hands on some of these porcelain and you will noticed from the pix that I had got these tea ware in their original factory packed condition. A dozen teacups were wrapped with paper and further protected by a roll of cardboard paper. I got a pair of tea caddies as well. These pretty 8 inch high tea caddies were packed in a pair and came in a box as seen in the 8th pix.
Does tea taste better in these cups? I found that most of the teacups produced during the 80s and early 90s do help enhance a tea drinking session in terms of aesthetics and age of the teacups. Many tea drinkers I know, believe teacups made during this period does make the tea 'smoother'.
I feel very thirsty.