What is it? Why, it's obviously a Sugar Mummy, that's what!
This is my entrant into this week's Gracious Hospitality Tea-a-Thon. The Assignment: Share how the theme of tea has influenced your home decoration.
I found this whimsical sugar mummy while on vacation in New Zealand and instantly fell in love! The artist is Marion Mewburn and she is known for her teapots, fairies, and sugar mummies. To find such a thing in the remote region of New Zealand's South Island, specifically the town of Franz Josef (named for the Franz Josef Glacier) made it the perfect souvenir!
As an aside, New Zealand is a wonderful place to visit. I thought at the time what a great family vacation as there are so many family oriented activities such as exploring caves, kayaking trips, mineral springs, tramping, world class fly fishing and, well, you get the idea. It also has a well preserved indigenous Maori culture . As a bonus, the food is rather delish. The baked goods are particularly wonderful and while there I ate some of the best meat pies, muffins, and cookie bars ever!
Back to my Sugar Mummy. Please note the ample (and partially exposed) bosom. All of the sugar mummies had this distinguishing feature. It amuses me because it brings to mind the Regency era dichotomy of seemingly prim and proper behavior (drinking tea, naturally) and the decidedly risque feminine attire often worn during that period.
My little Sugar Mummy happily resides on my kitchen counter next to my everyday teapot and she brings a smile to my face every morning!
Oh yes. I almost forgot! The reason she's called a Sugar Mummy is because when you lift her up - you find a sugar bowl!