They might be from the time Empress Cixi sipped away on her youth elixir tea in the Forbidden City. A Eunuch stole them and resold them on the black market and the cups ended up in London.
Maybe not. But they make us imagine that.The cups are beautiful and look full of history. The gold rims have faded a few places. One cup looks "fresher" than the other. See pictures for reference.Collector item material.
All teaware can be returned and refunded.