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This is a traditional Chinese tea cup ensemble, which consists of three pieces: the top cover, the cup, and the bottom plate. The special character of this tea cup set is the bamboo-woven cover. Thin bamboo strips are hand-woven onto the porcelain pieces to form the cover, while the body of the cup is comprised of two pandas eating bamboo. Five Chinese characters in traditional calligraphic style, imparting a wish for the drinker -obtaining tranquility - decorate on the other side. Those Chinese characters refer to the understanding that the scent of tea is able to clean the mind of the drinkers, especially as they enjoy the bamboo and tea aroma while they sip.
These elegant porcelain items are covered with patterns and carefully woven with bamboo strands. Only one breed of bamboo is suitable for making the cover. The piece in question must be over 66cm long between two ridges, lack marks or scratches of any kind, and be at least two years of age. The quality of the set is such that 50kg of bamboo can produce only 400 grams of finished bamboo strips.
This unique style of porcelain was developed in Qing Dynasty (over 200 years ago) and was made exclusively for the royal family. The nature of the porcelain and skillful bamboo weave make this a perfect and unique gift from China.