A teacup is a small cup with a handle, generally a small one that may be grasped with the
thumband one or two fingers. It is typically made of porcelain("china"). It is usually part of a set, composed of a cup and a matching saucer. These in turn may be part of a tea setin combination with a teapot, cream jug, covered sugar bowland slop bowlen suite. Teacups are wider and shorter than coffee cups.
Some collectors acquire numerous one-of-a-kind cups with matching saucers. Better teacups typically are of fine white translucent porcelain and often decorated with floral patterns. They may also memorialize a location, person, or event. Such collectors may also accumulate
silver teaspoons. These usually have a decorated ceramicinsert in the handle with similar themes.
The first small cups specifically made for drinking the new beverage
teaseen in Europewere exported from the Japanese portof Imari. Oddly enough, there is no word in the Japanese language for "teacup", it translates as "that which is without, but with".Fact|date=August 2008 Tea bowls in the Far Eastdid not have handles, and the first European imitations, made at Meissen, were without handles, too.
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