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Mocha Ware Antique Teacup

Posted on | June 9, 2010 | Comments

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Mocha Ware Cup

Mocha Ware Tea Cup

Did you know? Mochaware is not named for its palette of browns, creams, grays, blacks or muted tones of blue, green pumpkin or yellow?  A form of creamware, the name mochaware derives from mukha (“mocha”) stone, a type of moss agate from the Yemeni city of the same name.  First made in England in the late 1700s, mochaware was inexpensively decorated pottery used in taverns and modest home kitchens and housewares.
Fascinating (and valuable due to rarity) mochaware pieces include bowls, teacups, mugs, pepperpots and other service ware although plates and saucers are scarce.  Catherine Riedel, Skinner Inc., is well known for her mochaware knowledge and recently wrote an article about it for Yankee Magazine.
In the old potteries, it was referred to as Mocha or dipper ware and is sometimes called “banded creamware” or “Leeds ware” by modern collectors.  It falls in the “HE” category for me – hideously expensive but its patterns and history make mocha ware a captivating collectible.

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Jennifer Petersen is a tea enthusiast, Certified Tea Professional, teaches various aspects about tea as a business, and a marketing consultant to the beverage industry. Always fascinated by other people who love tea, she is a life-long student and admirer of those who choose tea as a lifestyle.



Oh my gosh!!! That cup is beautiful! Too bad it is rare and expensive -- that is the type of color palette my mom loves. I'd never heard of Mochaware before. Thank you for posting about it! :)