A Perfect Ten: Steep Well

What’s for tea, dear? Oolong, rooibos, and Earl Grey in the most enchanting china patterns.

10 perfect teacups and tea setsPhoto by Hornick Rivlin

1. Sea Change

Raynaud Cristobal Coral teacup, $112, and saucer, $62, both Bliss Home.

2. Fleur it

Royal Copenhagen Elements teacup and saucer, $125, Bliss Home.

3. Gilded Lily

Nil teacup and saucer, $235, Hermès.

4. The Right Stripe

J. L. Coquet Hemisphere teacup, $178, and saucer, $119, both Bloomingdale’s.

5. Steeped Serpent

Caskata Dragon teacup and saucer, $60 for a set of two, Louis.

6. Wishful Drinking

Dandy Lane teacup, $38, and saucer, $18, both Kate Spade.

7. Garden Party

Iitala Korento teacup, $24, and saucer, $18, both Didriks.

8. About Face

Fornasetti teacup and saucer, $1,225 for a set of six, Louis.

9. Flower Power

Unikko teacup, $22, and Oiva saucer, $22, both Marimekko.

10. Brilliantly Banded

Haviland Laque de Chine teacup, $89, and saucer, $63, both Bloomingdale’s.


  • Arnold H. Gitter

    Good Morning Diane,
    I was quite surprised when I reviewed your photo of the beautiful tea cups and saucers and noted that there were TEA BAGS in some cups.
    Anyone that would use such fine china
    should brew their tea using full leaf tea in a pot.
    Never a tea bag.
    I have been in the tea business for many years and always remind people that full leaf tea is 10 times better then a tea bag
    especially served in fine china.

    • http://www.rent-vintage.com Sarah Erlandson

      Hi Arnold, how do you feel about full leaf tea in a sachet or pyramid (bag)?

  • http://www.rent-vintage.com Sarah Erlandson

    My vintage rental company, Fancy That, was happy to provide the vintage teaspoon and delicate cake fork for this lovely photo.