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white teapots
Enliven teatime with crisp-looking white teapots. 1. Denby white porcelain ($75; denbyusa.com, 800-336-2948). 2. 74-oz Chinese ceramic ($23.50; pearlriver.com, 212-431-4770). 3., 4., & 5. Chunky Staccato, asymmetrical Elixyr, and beaded Minami ($49.95, $36.95, and $34.95; crateandbarrel.com, 800-996-9960). 6. Pordamsa, with infuser ($20; Dandelion, 888-548-1968). 7., 8., & 9. Cast-iron Dragonfly, bamboo-handled, and long-handled porcelains ($98, $46, and $30; itoen.com, 212-988-7111). 10. Sophie Conran ribbed porcelain ($38; conranusa.com, 866-755-9079).
Christiane Perrochon stoneware
Christiane Perrochon inky stoneware cups, bowls, and platters will add a modern edge to your fall table; tweedy napkins provide texture ($85, $110, and $295; napkins, $28 each; takashimaya-ny.com, 212-350-0100).
lacquered bowls
Everything will look a little more festive when it’s served in gleaming lacquer. 1. & 2. Red-and-black and black-and-red bowls ($2.95 and $3.75; pearlriver.com, 212-431-4770). 3. & 4. Black wood and red-and-black melamine bowls ($8 and $9; korin.com, 212-587-7021). 5. & 6. Nesting sets of five black and red wood bowls ($61; kyoohoo.gl-america.com, 201-262-3600). 7. Kuji Kobo lacquered wood tray ($165; takashimaya-ny.com, 212-350-0100).
Bowl them over with these beauties. Left to right: Canvas’s white ceramic bowl is a mix of glazed and unglazed surfaces ($55; ochre.net, 212-414-4332), the Crater bowl is high-gloss poly resin encased in matte black iron ($24.95; cb2.com, 800-606-6252), and Bunako serving bowls are crafted from coiled strips of beech wood ($85 and $195; takashimaya-ny.com, 212-350-0100).
These multifunctional lacquered stacking trays can be used as placemats, for serving, or for laptop dining ($9.50 each; pearlriver.com, 212-431-4770).
tea cups
Designer Bo Jia’s tea cups are handmade in China using the same methods that once produced that country’s legendary porcelains ($65 for a set of 4 in muslin box; middlekingdomporcelain.com, 800-560-2146).
Asian clay pots
Traditional Asian clay pots have a long history, slow cooking everything from rice to soups to curries to braised dishes. The large wood ladle is a handy helper ($5.95 and $2.50; pearlriver.com, 212-431-4770).
silk lanterns
These delicate silk lanterns shout “party” (small, $100 each, large round, $130; lumenfly.com, a division of American Foliage & Design Group, 212-741-5555). Anaglypta’s Amber textured-vinyl wall covering, painted here in Tomato Spice, adds excitement to any room ($33.52 a roll; americanblinds.com, 800-575-8016).
It looks like a game of Pick up Stix, but these are essentials for a Chinese feast: black chopsticks, ceramic and lacquered soup spoons ($1.40, $2.30 and $2.50; korin.com, 212-587-7021). White and red chopsticks ($6 a set; Dandelion, 888-548-1968).
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