Vietnamese Bleu de Hue Porcelain 7-Piece Tea Service for Four W/Dragon & Prunus Mume Motif W/Neifu Mark & Longevity Character (From a Vietnamese Royal Family) - This porcelain tea service for four is elaborately decorated in vivid cobalt blue underglaze, and depicts writhing dragons among Prunus Mume (plum blossom) flowers, which represent the value of endurance and also symbolizes the five blessings: longevity, prosperity, health, virtue and good living. This tea service includes (4) tea cups, a teapot with lid, a large round tray and a small round tray. The base of each piece bears the two character "Neifu" mark, denoting that the piece was commissioned for the Inner Court, and the handle of the teapot also bears the longevity character. This very high quality porcelain was ordered from China for the court use. Although Chinese artisans executed the painting, Vietnamese rulers dictated the designs. Each ruler ordered ceramics of his own liking for use in his court, as well as presentation pieces to give to members of royal families and mandarin officials. This is a true modern day treasure, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Vietnamese history. This piece comes from the estate of a Vietnamese Royal Family (the family now lives in the United States, and wishes to remain private as they still have relatives living in Vietnam). This piece has excellent investment potential, as it is thought by experts around the world and avid collectors that due to the rapid modernization of Vietnam, Vietnamese antiques will within the next ten years be more valuable than Chinese antiques. According to some of the most expert collectors in the world, what used to sell for hundreds are now selling for tens of thousands. Measurements: large tray-7" in diameter x 1.25"H, small tray-4.5" in diameter x 1"H, teapot-4"H x 4.5"W, cups-1.25"H x 2" in diameter.