I took pictures of my recent purchase of simple Qing dynasty tea cups. You see them before they've been cleaned them. You see them face up and down. (Click on the pictures to see them in full size).
The small cup on top (which is the only one to appear in all the pictures) without anything written inside is not a tea cup: it's an Qing dynasty wine cup, an ancient shot glass if you want! I'll make close up pictures next time the weather permits (I just saw a lightning over Taipei).
Let me also make an annoucement, a 'promotion' if you want: now that I have many antique cups, I will give one with every purchase of my wild YiWu 1985 Tuo Cha. I always use old cups or even an old small Tian Mu bowl when I drink old or cooked puerh. The glazing of these old cups is so soft and natural after all these years, that the tea feels even more mellow and soft to drink. (There is another reason behind this promotion, actually: my puerh importer told me that the Koreans are also very interested in this lot. Like the 1990 Jiang Cheng brick, it might soon be sold out. His advice: don't wait too long to order this Tuo Cha!)
My name is Stéphane Erler. I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.