Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Queen Anne

This week I'm showing off a Queen Anne tea cup and saucer. It was super sunny, when I did the pictures, so anything resembling a chip, is just the sun gleaming off the china.

Yellow is one of my favorite colors. It's so cheerful and it really makes me happy.

I like the grayish-green of the other flowers, too. The gold trim is in excellent condition on the cup and the saucer.

The bottom is marked Queen Anne, with the number C 57 9, made in England.

I had some  yellow flowers that I thought would look nice in the tea cup.

Here is a poem from one of my favorite poets, Alexander Pope.

Epistle to Miss Blount, On Her Leaving the Town, After the Coronation

As some fond virgin, whom her mother’s care
Drags from the town to wholesome country air,
Just when she learns to roll a melting eye,
And hear a spark, yet think no danger nigh;
From the dear man unwillingly she must sever,
Yet takes one kiss before she parts for ever:
Thus from the world fair Zephalinda flew,
Saw others happy, and with sighs withdrew;
Not that their pleasures caused her discontent,
She sighed not that They stayed, but that She went.
She went, to plain-work, and to purling brooks,
Old-fashioned halls, dull aunts, and croaking rooks,
She went from Opera, park, assembly, play,
To morning walks, and prayers three hours a day;
To pass her time ‘twixt reading and Bohea,
To muse, and spill her solitary tea,
Or o’er cold coffee trifle with the spoon,
Count the slow clock, and dine exact at noon;
Divert her eyes with pictures in the fire,
Hum half a tune, tell stories to the squire;
Up to her godly garret after seven,
There starve and pray, for that’s the way to heaven.
Some Squire, perhaps, you take a delight to rack;
Whose game is Whisk, whose treat a toast in sack,
Who visits with a gun, presents you birds,
Then gives a smacking buss, and cries – No words!
Or with his hound comes hollowing from the stable,
Makes love with nods, and knees beneath a table;
Whose laughs are hearty, tho’ his jests are coarse,
And loves you best of all things – but his horse.
In some fair evening, on your elbow laid,
Your dream of triumphs in the rural shade;
In pensive thought recall the fancied scene,
See Coronations rise on every green;
Before you pass th’ imaginary sights
Of Lords, and Earls, and Dukes, and gartered Knights;
While the spread fan o’ershades your closing eyes;
Then give one flirt, and all the vision flies.
Thus vanish scepters, coronets, and balls,
And leave you in lone woods, or empty walls.
So when your slave, at some dear, idle time,
(Not plagued with headaches, or the want of rhyme)
Stands in the streets, abstracted from the crew,
And while he seems to study, thinks of you:
Just when his fancy points your sprightly eyes,
Or sees the blush of soft Parthenia rise,
Gay pats my shoulder, and you vanish quite;
Streets, chairs, and coxcombs rush upon my sight;
Vexed to be still in town, I knit my brow,
Look sour, and hum a tune – as you may now.

Thank you for visiting today!

I'm linking up to:
Terri at Artful Affirmations and Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday,
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
and Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog.


Anonymous said...

What a pretty tea cup....I had one similar to it a while back..but it broke.

Nice to meet and follow you on this fine Tea Cup Tuesday morning.
Stop by to visit with me if you wish...I'll put another pot on.

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Angela said...

Beautiful teacup!! Thanks for sharing the lovely poem :-) I found your blog through Vanessa's Mad Tea party and look forward to visiting often!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Michelle,
I am always happy to see a yellow teacup or yellow flowers on the teacup. It is such a happy and cheerful colour. Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea today.


Terri said...

This is a lovely vintage cup! I love yellow in a cup too. It can lend a summer feel or autumn. This pretty cup would work in both seasons!
Thank you so much for sharing and for the great poem.

Johanna said...

Hi Michele,
I love your Queen Anne cup. The sunny flower is just the right choice for summer. Thank your for your visit on my blog and the sweet comment.
Best greetings, Johanna

Bernideen said...

What a lovely teacup - wonderful that you joined in Tea In the Garden - come again please!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Coincidentally, I have that very same cup and saucer (with a different number), which had belonged to my mother. I used it in a blog post last October.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

How very lovely! This is such a bright and cheerful teacup - love the pairing with the flower - perfect match! Love the poem/story - excellent! I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,