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Tea House, Shanghai, China I, Interior Painting

Tea House, Shanghai, China I
Tea House, Shanghai, China I

After a walk through an overcrowded shopping area in a hot, humid climate, what could be more relaxing than sipping an afternoon tea inside a cool, elegant tea house built over the pond?  This is the city's oldest tea house where textile merchants used to gather back in the 18th century.

They have all kinds of Chinese tea (traditional, flower, herb...) to choose from.  Tea leaves come in a tiny glass pot filled with hot water and can be enjoyed several times over by adding more hot water.  With tea, they usually bring 4 or 5 different kinds of snack food such as quail eggs, flavored flat tofu and sweet rice cakes.

Price of a pot of tea may be 10 times more than a store-bought bottled tea, but the experience in such a beautiful setting was well worth it.

Tea House, Shanghai, China I

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)
Mat/Frame: No
Purchase: Sold

Topics: Cafés & Restaurants | Chinese Landscapes | Interiors | Sold Works 



6 Responses to Tea House, Shanghai, China I, Interior Painting

via ktanabefineart.com58 months ago

Your lastest works are fantastic...
See you in september.
Be happy

Keiko Tanabe
via ktanabe.fineartstudioonline.com58 months ago

Hello, Lara. So happy to know that you like my recent paintings from Japan and China. I hope you're having a great summer.

via ktanabefineart.com53 months ago

Hi Keiko,

I have been watching your art and your growth as artist all these years. I have to say you have keep rising by producing beautiful, subtle and emotional pieces.

But I want to write a few lines about this particular place. This tea house was where my father "loitered" everyday after his retirement in 1970. He would walked to the place every morning (about a mile or so) to the place and read the newspaper over a cup of tea; and walked back home for lunch. At that time, it was about 10 cents and no snaks were offered.

So when I saw these two paintings, I got a little emotional. Whenever possible, the window bench as depicted in your paintings would be his choice. Of course it has been remodeled many times since but the place was still very recognizable.

Thank you for doing it.

Keiko Tanabe
via ktanabefineart.com53 months ago

Hi Ruan, so nice to hear from you! Thank you very much for following my art and commenting on this painting. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you sharing a story about your father and this tea house, which gives this painting a new meaning. I was very touched. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Dave Kaufmann
via ktanabe.fineartstudioonline.com40 months ago

3:50 am Mon Jan 30th
Listening to Jazz " Sun Flower " and looking @ your soulful rendering of this Place of Peace .

God is Good

Dave K

Keiko Tanabe
via ktanabe.fineartstudioonline.com40 months ago

Great music always elevates and inspires us. Thanks so much for enjoying my paintings the way you did.

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