DISHES-SOAP (Round, Loop Knob, 3 Piece)

There are three different Canton soap dishes: rectangular, round with flat round knob and round with loop knob. All consist of 3 pieces: top, pierced liner and the base. All tops fit into inset rims and all bases (except loop knob dish) are unglazed. This round loop knob example we classify as "unique" as we have never seen others. The one pictured in Herbert Schiffer's 1975 book on page 87 is the one we bought from him in 1967. He classified the dish then as a "Covered Bowl" when, in fact, it is a soap dish. We gave him several pictures of rare forms for the book. Rectangular soap dishes are "rare" and are in Schiffer's book on page 72.

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DISHES-SOAP (Round, Flat Knob, 3 Piece)

There are three different Canton soap dishes: rectangular, round with flat round knob and round with loop knob. All consist of 3 pieces: top, pierced liner and the base. All tops fit into inset rims and all bases (except loop knob dish) are unglazed. These round examples we classify as " very rare" if not "unique" as we have never seen others and they are not pictured in Herbert Schiffer's book. Rectangular ones are "rare" and are in Schiffer's book.

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DISHES-SOAP (Rectangular, 3 Piece)

There are three different Canton soap dishes: rectangular, round with flat round knob and round with loop knob. All consist of 3 pieces: top, pierced liner and the base. All tops fit into inset rims and all bases (except loop knob dish) are unglazed. These rectangular examples we classify as "rare" whereas the other two are "very rare/unique"

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DISHES-SHRIMP

Shrimp dishes are one of our favorite Canton forms. These are shell shaped serving dishes and we think the most interesting aspect of them are the eyes of the shrimp! Each decoration at the wide end of the rim is different on the 5 shrimp dishes shown here. 3 of the 5 pairs of eyes have eyebrows. Then there are the alternating white and blue lines and several have 8 little projections on the rim. See the last 3 pictures for closeups. 4 of the 5 are a rich dark blue and the 5th dish in the first picture is smaller and lighter than the others and it has a significant orange peel surface. All but the smallest dish are about the same size. I have never seen significantly larger or smaller examples. All shrimp dishes have glazed bottoms.

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DISHES-SERVING (Square Shape)

Square Shape Serving Dishes are all about the same size: 8 1/2"-9" square x 1 3/4"-1 7/8" high. They all have slightly fluted top rims. They are not decorated on the undersides and the bottoms are glazed. A small variation between the two pictured are: the left example's bottom rim is square and the dish on the right's bottom rim is slightly fluted. These dishes are scarce but are not too hard to find.

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DISHES-SERVING (Rectangular Shape)

These Rectangular Open Serving Dishes are all about the same size: 6 3/4"-7 3/4" wide x 9"-9 5/8" long. They have flared top rims and rectangular bottom rims. The sides are slightly indented. They are not decorated on the outside and the bottoms are glazed. These dishes are scarce but are not too hard to find.

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DISHES-SERVING (Kidney Shape)

Kidney Shape Serving Dishes are all about the same size: 8 1/4" wide x 10 3/8"-10 1/2" long. They both have wide (3/8"-1/2") top rims that have inset blue borders which are similar to the round, octagonal, and oblong vegetable dishes. Sometimes the blue was not painted in. They are not decorated on the undersides and the bottoms are glazed. Both bottom rims are kidney shaped. These dishes are scarce but are not too hard to find.

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DISHES-SERVING (Diamond Shape)

Diamond Shape Serving Dishes are all about the same size: 8 1/8"-8 5/8" wide x 10" long. They all have slightly scalloped top rims and bottom rims. They are not decorated on the undersides and the bottoms are glazed. Small variations between the two pictured are: the left example's bottom rim is scalloped and dish is not as wide as its companion. The dish on the right's bottom rim is diamond shape with no scalloped edges and the entire dish has the orange peel affect. These dishes are scarce but are not too hard to find.

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DISHES-OVAL SERVING

Description: Oval Serving Dishes are sometimes confused with Oval Platters. The major difference of these oval dishes is that they are proportionally deeper than oval platters of the same size. Otherwise, they are virtually the same. Their major use was to serve food such as potatoes and vegetables. They are attractive with their full Canton scene and rain cloud borders. They have unglazed bottoms and they do not have decoration on the undersides. Note: as the sizes of the dishes increases so does their value.

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DISHES-LEAF

Leaf dishes certainly are one of Canton's most favorite forms and they are readily available. In the first pictures are 13 in descending size order. They start off with an enormous 9 3/4" long dish down to a tiny example at 3 1/2" long and 2.7 oz. All leaf dishes have slightly scalloped rims, a tip at one end and a dip at the other end. There are no decorations outside of the interiors. They all have bottom rims and glazed bottoms. Most all leaf dishes have the tip bending left but, several bend to the right (see last two pictures). As to their use there are many possibilities: pickle dish, chop stick or spoon rest, sauce dish, candy or nut dish.

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