The holidays are a perfect time to bring out my vintage collection of tea pots and cups. I love my Lithopane collection, which are from the World War II era -- with a surprise hologram of a Geisha at the bottom of cup you finish your last sip with a lovely vision. I like that the cups are small enough for a bit of tea after dinner. I've created quite a collection over the years and curated my sets all over the country from South Dakota to Long Island.
What is a lithopane?
"A lithophane is an etched or molded artwork in thin very translucent porcelain that can only be seen clearly when back lit with a light source. It is a design or scene in intaglio that appears "en grisaille" (in gray) tones. The word "lithophane" derives from Greek "litho", which is from "lithos" which means stone or rock, and "phainein" meaning "to cause to appear" or "to cause to appear suddenly"