From artist to designer
This colorful and exotic teacup pattern, Tiger Raj, by artist Lynn Chase, exemplifies her whimsical take on the animal kingdom. Having traveled extensively throughout Africa, South America and the States, Chase turned her creative talent towards tabletop settings for which dishes became her canvas. She started her company, Lynn Chase Designs, in 1988.
The proceeds from her sales help to fund the Wildlife Foundation she started at the same time.
Tiger Raj features an Indian tiger with several enchanting jungle birds decorating the opposite side, each in its own framed vignette.
The top of the cup is painted in 24-k gold.
I bought this teacup because it conjures up images of sitting on a veranda in some far-flung place, sipping tea, while gazing out at a foreign vista.
And I love the vermilion red-orange accent next to the lime.
No detail too small…
A tassel sits at the bottom of the cup, and a parrot-like bird beneath it. Little bees decorate the backside of the dish…because anyone who loves china, flips the saucer over to see who made it or what the pattern name is:)
Recommended movie or book to sip to:
Anything by M.M. Kaye, but I especially love her mystery series. Each book is set in an exotic locale, during the era of British Raj. For this cup, I recommend, Death in Kenya. That said, her novel The Far Pavillions is more acclaimmed, and was also made into a movie.
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