Gold Chintz

Vintage Foreign mid century elegant Gold Chintz gilded Demitasse Tea or coffee Set In Porcelain Gold.

Excellent condition porcelain tea set with no chips, scratches, cracks, or crazing.

There is no show of wear. The gold trim shows no wear or loss. The part that is ‘white’ outside is under-glazed.

The ‘Foreign’ stamp was used by Hong Kong to specify imports from the commonwealth beginning in 1893 to identify goods coming into the UK. By 1923 all Import small porcelain manufacturers had their own mark.

(British Hong Kong was the period during which Hong Kong was under British Crown rule from 1841 to 1997 (excluding the Japanese occupation from 1941 to 1945). It was established as a Crown colony and later designated a British Dependent Territory in 1981.)

This Demitasse after dinner coffee or espresso set is containing a scene of classic maidens or nymphs in a woodland setting, in two of them a cupid is present behind a tree, or in one scene tied to a tree.

A reproduction artwork of Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807): “Two nymphs mock cupid” while another nymph twists his bow.

Scenes are transfers or decals, not hand painted, charming romantic love theme with great appeal.

The service includes:

6 Tea Cups

6 Saucers

1 Sugar Bowl

1 Milk Jug

In good condition, no cracks, chips,or crazing.

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Beckoning Cat

Vintage Chinese gilded Hot water pot in a Lucky Cat starburst retro design. Originating in Japan is is referred to as maneki-neko literally “beckoning cat.”

It is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner.

It is also sometimes called the “Chinese lucky cat” due to its popularity among Chinese merchants.

In very good condition. It is marked made in China on the base of the teapot.

The height is approximately 12 cm including the cat Head lid. The width is approximately 13 cm from handle to spout. It does have some marks and scratches from general use.

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What is it?

What is it?

Lucky Chinese Toothpick Holder

A Vintage Chinese Famille Rose underglaze porcelain toothpick holder featuring Chinese symbol; Luck.

Truly wonderful piece for entertaining as well as useful and Beautifully glazed inside.

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Foreign Honey Bee Pots

Why does a piece of porcelein have a mark stamped “foreign?”

The question was answered on the Gotheborg website. I cannot take credit for the answer.

“In 1893 the USA, being a rising power; passed a law that all imported items must be marked by the country of origin having until 1923 for complete marks.

In the meantime countries like England and France just marked their pieces with “England” instead of “Made in England”, which was required in 1923.

Some countries like Japan and China marked their goods “foreign” between 1893 and 1923 meaning it was their export product, going outside their own country.”

A Chinese piece just marked “Foreign” seems to be the first export mark before “CHINA” to be followed by “Made in China.”

Credit:

http://www.gotheborg.com/~gothebor/qa/foreignstamp.shtml

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Made in China

Amazing Chinese Blue

Vintage and Chinese

A Porcelain Teapot

Born in The Mid Century

An Octagon shape

I think Hand Painted

With a Chrysanthemum

Lid, top and cover.

I am Deep, but wider than High

Round ornate and floral

Blue octagon in shape

And geometric around

White front, back and blue

Blue lotus spout I have

And a Porcelain handle

I am grand with the O on top

White, light and fading

Stamped on my base:

I was “Made in China.”

Sadler Blue Willow

This is a vintage ginger jar, tea caddy is decorated with a Chinoiserie, Blue Willow pattern. The underside is stamped “Sadler England” and would date to the 1930s.

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Blue and White

There is a true allure of collecting blue and white pottery. I believe it is that some people like myself…just love it. I love the design, the color, and the patterns.

Many have traveled across oceans; traded for a meal; served our family’s and Royalty. As our lives change; then suddenly we are able to appreciate the culture behind the art of the potter, instead of the pot being merely useful.

Old plates, vases and teapots, I think, have a secret history; I can imagine dinners with a silent backstory of conversations over tea and cake. Presentation is important. Make a fuss! It’s a shows love and respect to your family and your guests.

If you are going to collect blue and white; Buy pre-loved and or pre-owned. It’s keeps old pots out of landfills; recycle and reuse. We have to be mindful of our environment too.

My eyes have been caught up by the simple beauty of every day common pottery made remarkable by the colour blue and the brilliance of shape.

This is my table and I’m just getting started.