Notes on Famille-rose Tea Wares Tea was first used in China about 2800 BC; from very early times it was thought to have medicinal properties. Shen Nung the Emperor at this time became known as the Father of Tea.
The Dutch were the first importers at around 1610 and it was introduced into England in the late 17th century.It interesting to note that it was the British who introduced tea into India.
In 1772 the British introduced the tea tax to its American colonies. Enraged by this tax the 'Sons of Liberty' allowed two vessels to enter Boston Harbour on 16th December 1773,and then disguised as American indians emptied 342 large chests of tea into the sea. This subsequently became known as the 'Boston Tea Party'
Famille-rose enamels were first introduced during the Kangxi period (1662-1722) on Imperial wares. The best quality famille-rose export wares date from the Yongzheng period (1723-1735). At this time the enamels tended to be soft and translucent, and the drawing very fine. In this section you will find, among many other things, good armorial porcelain and some pieces decorated with European scenes.