Also Called :

Brush Jars, Toothbrush Holders, Pen/Pencil Holders

Rarity :


Age :

Early to mid 19th Century

Price Range :

$750.-$1,250. Depending on size.

Dimensions :

Left to Right:

5″ diameter x 5 1/4″ high

3 7/8″ diameter x 4 7/8″ high

3 3/8″ diameter x 4 5/8″ high

Weight :

Left to Right: 1 lb. 11 oz.—–1 lb. 3 oz.—–1 lb.

Availability :


Provenance :

Left to Right:


Alice Kaplin-1989

Herbert Schiffer-1966

Description:  These are sturdy 3/8″ thick walled holders or jars. Quite useful, this form probably originally was made to hold paint brushes in China but, in the U. S. they were more likely to be used to hold tooth brushes, pencils, pens and maybe even flowers. Note that the largest jar does not have the rain cloud border. The smaller ones do but on one the clouds face down and on the other they face upwards. Such are the anomalies of Canton decoration. The three shown here have bottom rims and they have glazed bottoms. There may well be larger or smaller examples. Prices usually are based on the holder’s size, the larger the more expensive.

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