Like most people, I love a good story — people stories, fictional stories, legends associated with places... But the stories I love the most are those attached to material objects. Like the story of the objects in the little tableau in the photographs here (do swipe to see them all).
The oval brass teapoy, the two brass chairs and the small coffee table placed between the chairs, are about 60 years old and once belonged to a Gujarati family settled in Coimbatore. The porcelain cups and saucers are originally from Japan but purchased in Rangoon by a Chettiar and gifted to the Gujarati family. Would you believe it that these porcelain beauties are about 90 years old? In spite of years use, the cups and saucers are remarkably intact.
Together, the brass furniture and crockery were playthings for over two generations of children of the Gujarati family. Just think about all the tea parties that the kids would have had and the tea 'served' in these cups. The hours of playing 'house-house' and what not and the imagination at work / play ! The hours of joy that the children would have had with these playthings with the adults looking indulgently on... .
Recently, this family relocated to an apartment and have therefor downsized. One of the many things that they gave away/sold were the brass furniture and the crockery and these found their way to @indiantiquest and then to me.
I had been looking for something special like this to gift my eldest brother on his 60th birthday. And the world too conspired to help my wish come through.
From Sridhar of #Indiantiquest, who remembered my special request to everything arriving on time to the actual gifting - it all went like it was pre-ordained. A new chapter in the story of these miniature beauties has begun.
Today is my brother's birthday and all I want to say now is Happy Birthday, big brother 🤗
PS: The dog and the little terracotta vase that you can see in the picture are from my collection and were used as props for this shoot. :)
My first ever miniature teacup and saucer made from miniature clay. Yes, it’s a little lumpy and crooked but I did it! I’m going to try to smooth it out a bit and paint it so hopefully it will look better. Pro tip if making these, don’t force the piece off your mold after baking or you’ll get picture two. #polymerclay#miniatureteacup#miniatures#clay#miniatureeverything#handmade