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An English Family at Tea, painting by Joseph van Aken, 1720

An English Family at Tea by Joseph van Aken circa 1720. Note the maid's bored expression. Daughter looks terrified. Not to mention the male statue with genitalia just visible behind the family. Priceless! I don't think the artist much cared for this family.

An English Family at Tea by Joseph van Aken circa Note the maid's bored expression. Daughter looks terrified. Not to mention the male statue with genitalia just visible behind the family. I don't think the artist much cared for this family.

M'lady's Tea

While I don't mind tea in a mug, I prefer having it like this - in a lovely cup & saucer.

Home and Colonial Tea advertising poster with "It's Perfectly Delicious" slogan and woman dressed in 1920s cloche hat, fur and pearls holding teacup, UK

Home and Colonial Tea advertising poster with "It's Perfectly Delicious" slogan and woman dressed in cloche hat, fur and pearls holding teacup, UK

Man and Child Drinking Tea, circa 1720, Artist unknown but possibly Richard Collins. The first small bowls used for drinking the new beverage ‘tea’ were first imported from Japan. Furthermore, sugar was a luxury few could afford. It was considered worthwhile to pose with your fine china and sugar tongs to show your wealth.

Man and Child Drinking Tea, circa 1720 Artist unknown, possibly Richard Collins, England, d.

Vintage Italian postcard, illustrated by E. Colombo

Tea in Italy

Please do not refer to your afternoon tea as a high tea. Remember, a high tea is…