Monthly Archives: March 2013

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Cloisonné

Have you ever wondered how these beautiful cloisonne vases are made? Cloisons in French means Compartments.  Starting with a metal base (usually copper nowadays, but could also be silver or gold), cloisons are added by soldering metal strips onto the surface to form various patterns.  Colorful enamel paints (in powder or paste) are applied within […]

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Kids, this is why you need to backup

As you might have already seen, most pictures of the posts are missing.  I decided to make a brand new site for Mayflower, and after it is done, I realized I didn’t have a backup copy of all the pictures!  *sad face palm* (Update: I found most of the pictures!) But other than that… how […]

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Yum Cha!

Yum Cha – In Cantonese, it literally means “Drink Tea”.   It generally involves drinking tea while eating dim sum (bite-sized dishes on small plates.  Think tapas?). Here, I’ll take the literal meaning of Yum Cha, and talk about tea pots.  Yixing Clay tea pots in particular. Yixing is a city in Jiangsu province.  Their […]

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Play Fruit Slice Like a Real Samurai at Home

… well just kidding!  We do not encourage dangerous activity!  And please do not play with your food! But we highly recommend you to display a katana replica at home to show off your samurai spirit. All pieces below are available at our showroom, but in limited quantities.  Come visit us and bring them home […]

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Bathroom Need a Facelift?

How’s your summer?  Busily barbecuing?  Relax in the pool?  Eating popsicles made with fresh fruit juice?  Our summer is too short, so enjoy every moment of it.  At the same time, don’t forget your sunscreen and getting hydrated.  We have had a few heat wave alerts so when it gets too hot outside, stay indoors or […]

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Still Hunting Present for That Someone…

… who seems to have everything?  Please allow us to make a few suggestions! 1. Jade: In Eastern cultures, Jade is considered more precious than gold, as marked by this ancient Chinese proverb: “You can put a price on gold, but jade is priceless”.  It is as significant as diamond in the Western world.  According to […]

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Chinese Porcelain Doll

November:  We are less than two months away from Christmas!  It’s time to start hunting for presents.  If you are a doll collector, or if you know someone who is, you might want to consider Chinese porcelain dolls.  They make a good alternative to your usual Royal Doulton figurines. All porcelain dolls featured here are […]

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