Lotus Flower Long Quan Celadon Porcelain Cups
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These beautiful cups are made from Long Quan Celadon Porcelain. The shade is crafted to resemble old Chinese pots used for storing water. They are a very comfortable shape that fit your hand very naturally. The background is powder green with a hand painted lotus on the side. A pink brush stroke is on the top of one side of the cup to give it a little more character and life. Inside the cup is a small lily pond, that appears to wave gently under your tea. The bottom is stamped with the characters “Long Quan Qing Ci,” which certifies it is genuine celadon porcelain. This is one of our larger sized tasting cups. Enjoy these cups with friends or by yourself for daily tea drinking.
Celadon originally came from Long Quan City in Zhejiang Province. The clay in this region is very special, and is famous in Chinese history for producing porcelain for the royal families. This type of porcelain became especially popular during the Song Dynasty when the emperor moved the capital from the north to the south. The kilns used to produce this porcelain are called “Long Quan Yao,” meaning “Long Quan Kiln”. There are about 500 ancient Song Dynasty kilns remaining that produce the signature porcelain color that looks like jade. Long Quan can be described as “Feng Qing You” which translates to “Blue Powder Glaze,” or “Mei Zi Qing You” which means “Plum Fruit Green Glaze”. The character of the finished porcelain is very smooth. Some people like to change the temperature of the kiln to make the glaze look cracked, but it still smooth to the touch. These are the two major styles of Long Quan, “Ge Yao” and “Di Yao”. Ge Yao means older brother kiln and Di Yao means younger brother kiln. By records, the Zhang family had two brothers that made the best quality, but different kinds of Long Quan. No one knows for sure if this is exactly true, since it is passed down by oral traditions making it impossible to prove. Di yao’s glaze is very thick but still soft and shiny, resembling jade. Ge yao’s kiln temperature is changed to give natural marks in the porcelain that look like cracks but is still very smooth. In the Song Dynasty, there was a vote to choose five famous types of kilns from five different regions, Long Quan was one of them.
The name celadon is not originally a Chinese word but was named after a character in a famous French play during the 16th Century. The daughter of the mayor from Paris was getting married and received the special celadon (then called Xiu La Cong) porcelain from an Arab businessman as a wedding gift. The mayor asked the businessman what the name of the porcelain was, he only knew that it came from China but not the specific name. The mayor decided to name the porcelain after a character from a play because the beautiful clothes of the actor dancing on stage reminded him of the exquisite quality of the porcelain.