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Tea Gowns

April 12, 2011
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During the late 19th century it was customary for English women to socialize in specially designed tea gowns. They would take leisurely strolls through perfectly tended garden-scapes that overlooked greener pastures. When they felt peckish they nibbled on sweet treats and sipped tea from dainty, hand painted tea cups cradled in their matching botanically themed saucers. The saucers conveniently caught any unforeseen splashes from staining their hand-sewn linen and lace tea gowns.

Photo of sketch by Dana Aubrey

© Dana Aubrey, Ink Sketch

Today this pastoral scene is most commonly found inside our children’s imaginary playground. Where perhaps it is best left to steep. For I much prefer Dutch artist Esther Horchner’s more liberated take on teatime.

Photo of Esther Horchner Teacup design

Teacup design by Dutch illustrator Eshter Horchner

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