Also Called :

Sugar Bowls

Rarity :


Age :

Late 19th Century-Early 20th Century

Price Range :


Dimensions :

Left to Right:

3 3/8″ diameter x 4 1/4″ tall;  Without top: 3 1/4″ tall

3 3/8″ diameter x ???; Without top: 3 1/8″ tall

Weight :

Left to Right:

Total Weight: 10 oz.; Top: 2 oz.; Bowl: 8 oz.

Total Weight: ???; Top: ???; Bowl: 9 oz.

Provenance :

Left to Right:


James Julia Auction, Fairfield, ME-1988

Availability :


Description: Canton Sugar Bowls and their accompanying teapots and creamers make up a confusing world in defining the many, many variations to be found. Designations that have come into common useage will be physical descriptions of the bowls such as “Drum Shape”, “Pear Shape”, “Ball Shape”, “Barrel Shape” and “Conical Shape”. In buying any sugar bowl make sure the top fits well.

These late Drum Shaped sugar bowls have angular handles, rain cloud borders on the top only, and very unusual knobs. The one knob that survives resembles a cut off pyramid with a round hole through it. The porcelain is bright white without the usual firing imperfections we see on the early Canton pieces. The bottoms are glazed and the tops fit into inset rims. We have never seen a matching teapot or creamer. Note the large “CHINA” in red on one bottom which dates its manufacture to after 1890. By the way, the red lettering easily rubs off!

Tagged in