Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Lady Taking Tea, Chardin
Tea and tea implements were available and used in the 18thC kitchen in France, and Canada later in the century.
Teapots were both rustic
Detail, The Fast Day Meal, Chardin
Detail, Lady Taking Tea, Chardin
and special tables were used from which to serve and store tea implements.
Detail, The Butler's Table (Office), Chardin
Street sellers sold tisanes, or herbal tea preparations/purgative mixtures, as tea was considered something you drank for your stomach's sake as opposed to your palate's pleasure earlier in the century.
The Tisane Seller, Françoise DuParc
Toward the end of the century, tea services
Tea Service, Jean Etienne Liotard
and traveling boxes began to appear for use in more affluent homes.
French 18thC traveling Tea Chest, Rau Antiques
Segolene has a wonderful series of posts on tea, both its past and present use, and the correct way to prepare it. Do use a translator, if necessary, to enjoy the information she has gathered.
La Preparation du Thé
Origine du thé
Le thé Matcha du Japon et le Raku
Le thé aux épices et la gloire du Darjeling
La course du thé et les thés parfumés
Le thé vert
Sélection de thés selon les moments de la journée