POTS-MARMITES

Very rare and expensive are Marmites. "Marmite" is described as being broth or soup or in more recent times marmite as a brewer's yeast concentrate. These round straight sided pots with tops took the name of their intended contents. These marmites have spouts and loop handles with tangs. We date them to Mid 19th Century to late 19th as their knobs are simple balls or flattened balls. Note that there is one continuous scene around the Marmites. We have saved the biggest surprise for last. Marmites are one of the very few Canton forms that have a figure on the bridge! See the last picture for the bridge views and a closeup of the figures holding parasols. They also appear in the Mixed Pattern Gallery. Also notice the unusual use of dark blue dots in the landscape. Both the tops and bottoms have rain cloud borders except the smallest whose top does not.

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PLATTERS-FISH-STRAINERS (Oval)

These fish platters and strainers are very useful and very hard to find complete. Shown here are two complete platters and one without its strainer. All three have very good decoration and dark blue color. The platters and strainers all have unglazed bottoms. All of these platters have 4 flowers on the outside. The top platter's strainer has 64 holes in it plus the finger hole and the other strainer has 72 holes plus the finger hole. Note: these oval pierced plates are also known as "drainers" or "mazarines".

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PLATTERS (Well & Tree, Oval)

A very useful platter for turkey or steak diners as the juices run down the tree shaped indentations into the well. These platters are sloped from the high end to the well end. All well & trees have two feet and the well bump upon which they rest. Most of the bottom is glazed except for the bump and bottom edge strips. This large platter is 18 1/2" long. There may be larger and smaller ones. Oval shaped well & tree platters are very rare. The octagonal ones are scarce but more are available. Octagonals are pictured and discussed separately.

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PLATES-CAKE

This very flat plate should not be confused with chargers or chop plates. Its 9 3/4" size is appropriate for a cake whereas chop plates are considerably larger and heavier and are used to serve meats, think lamb chops or pork chops. Sometimes chop plates are called chargers but chargers are defined as bigger than dinner plates. Chargers have a different use as they go under dinner plates or soup bowls and serve as decorative accents and should not be used as plates for foods.They dress up dinner tables.

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PITCHERS-TALL WATER (Upward Lip, Tall Loop Handle)

There are two different styles of these very large water pitchers: upward lips and downward lip ones. This page is devoted to the upward pouring lip water pitchers. Although they look very much alike here are four differences: upward pouring lips not downward, separated leaves and no flower on handles not a flower and continuous leaves (see picture of handles), 7 raised ribs on the handles not smooth handles, narrower top openings not wider top openings (see picture of top openings).

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PITCHERS-TALL WATER (Downward Spout)

There are two different styles of these very large water pitchers: upward spouts and downward spout ones. This page is devoted to the downward spout water pitchers. Although they look very much alike here are four differences: downward spouts not upwards, a flower and continuous leaves on handle not separated leaves and no flower (see picture of handles), smooth handles not 7 raised ribs on the handles, wider top openings not narrower openings (see picture of top openings).

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PITCHERS (Octagonal, Paneled)

For use as either cream, milk or water pitchers these octagonal paneled pitchers are very nicely decorated. Note the 7 molded arrows with scrolls on the largest pitcher and plainer arrows on the smaller ones. Also, the 8 rim scallops on each one, the molded ribbing below the spouts and the unusual shaped handles that do not appear on any other Canton forms. The large pitcher is outstanding in its decoration and color and would thus command a premium price not only because of its very rare status. All the bottoms are octagonal and glazed.

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PEPPER SHAKERS

Canton pepper shakers are far rarer and considerably more expensive than their salt cellar companions. They are all pear shaped, they have 7-9 holes in the top mostly in a square pattern but also in a circle, and they have filling holes in the bottom which had corks. They range in size from 3 1/2" high to 3 3/4". The bottoms are glazed.

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MUGS-SHAVING (Loop Handle, Bulbous Sided, Flared & Scalloped Rim)

These are very rare mugs, considered to be Shaving Mugs. Their distinguishing characteristics are: a loop handle with one small tang, non-straight bulbous sides, and a slightly flared and scalloped rim. There is one continuous scene around the mugs. The familiar Canton mugs are all straight sided, have twisted handles and are sturdy and heavy. The first pictures shown here are from a private collector. The single last picture shown is from Jane Wilson's 1977 booklet on page 25. Another picture of a shaving mug is in Herbert Schiffer's book, page 128 but, he does not label it as a shaving mug. His given dimensions are: 5 1/4" in diameter by 3 3/4" high.

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JARS-DRESSER

First 4 pictures: this very rare, small, covered jar we believe was used to hold small objects and placed on a person's dressing table. The jar resembles a round canister but it is squatter than a similar sized canister. We consider this a "Mixed Pattern" form as there is a person on the bridge on the top and bottom. The rain cloud border is on the top only and the decoration is finer on the top compared to the bottom. Note that there are no sampans in the decorations.

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