CHAMBER POTS (Loop Knob, 2 Handles, Tall)

This is a large size (11" tall) and heavy (almost 7 lbs.) Canton form. Not delicate but heavily constructed, it differs from the 2 other chamber pots by having 2 handles, a loop knob, a scalloped rim (8 scallops), and a different shape. This chamber pot has an inset rim like the mushroom knob chamber pot. It has a single tang on each handle like the triangular chamber pot. The bottom is glazed. The loop handles and knob indicate a late 19th century age. Herbert Schiffer's book says he has not seen this particular form among the other standard Chinese forms so, it is unique to the Canton pattern.

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CANISTERS (Square)

Of the 3 different Canister sets: barrel shape, round and square, we feel the square canisters are somewhat easier to assemble a set than the others. Pictured here are 9 square canisters that range from 3 1/8" to 8" high. It is believed that canisters were used to hold tea and spices. Some of them nest nicely together which made them easy to ship.

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CANISTERS (Round)

Of the 3 different Canister sets: barrel shape, round and square we feel the round canisters are the second hardest to assemble a set. Pictured here are 10 round canisters that range from 1 1/2" to 4 7/8" high. There are probably larger ones. It is believed that canisters were used to hold tea and spices. Some of them nest nicely together which made them easy to ship.

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CANISTERS (BARREL)

Of the 3 different Canister sets: barrel shape, round and square, we feel the barrel sets are the hardest to assemble. Pictured here are 7 barrels with a noticeable gap in height in the middle. Also there are larger and smaller ones, Schiffer says up to 10" high and small ones of 1". These 7 range from 1 3/8" to 4 7/8" high. It is believed that canisters were used to hold tea and spices. They nest nicely together which made them easy to ship.

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CACHEPOTS

Extremely rare if not unique is this magnificient pair of deep blue and finely decorated Cachepots. They were bought from Jane Wilson of Old Saybrook, CT in 1966. Warning note: there have been several modern copies made of slightly larger size. Be sure to see and enlarge the 3rd picture which shows the results of the new owner having planted boxwoods in the Cachpots. Beautifully done! These extraordinary Cachepots and their stands are hexagonal in shape. The 1/2" top rims have a 3/16" wide blue strip in the middle of the rims and there is a 3/4" diameter hole in the bottoms for drainage. The stands do not have a rain cloud border. Both the pots and the stands have 6 triangular shaped feet each about 1/4" high and all the bottoms are unglazed.

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BUTTER DISHES (Dome Top, Round Base)

There are three Dome Top Butter Dish base variations: octagonal, 12 sided and round bases. They are discussed on three separate pages. All are quite hard to find with all 3 parts in perfect condition. Shown here is the 12 sided shaped base dish which is considered rarer than the octagonal base dish. The three parts for all are: the dome top with a pointed knob, a pierced (4 sets of 9 holes each) liner bowed slightly upward, and a base. The bases have a glazed inset rim for the liners and they have glazed bottoms.

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BULB TRAYS-OCTAGONAL (Wide Rim, Footed)

Believed to be unique and used as a bulb tray. It is not illustrated in either of Jane Wilson's or Herbert Schiffer's books. This elaborately shaped and difficult to make octagonal tray has curved rims in the corners. Cachpots would have held round pots which would not have been suitable for this form. It would have held dirt or pebbles in which bulbs/plants would have been grown.

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BULB TRAYS-BOAT SHAPED

We originally thought the first boat shaped bulb tray we saw was unique until we found a second one and heard of two others. One of these others is of a smaller size and is shown on the right here. They are not illustrated in either Jane Wilson's or Herbert Schiffer's books. Their most likely use was as bulb trays because of their depth. These trays did not have covers, there are no inset rims.

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BOWLS-SUGAR (HANDLELESS)

These three Handleless Sugars are very rare. We have included the far right one although we are not 100% sure it is a period piece. What they have in common: inset rims for the tops (see 3rd pic), 3 sampans pictured on each top, glazed bottoms, footed bottoms. They have different knobs, a pointed blue ball knob, a blue ball & a white ball. 2 of the 3 have flat rim lips, one has a turned up lip. The 2 flat lips are painted blue, the third is not.

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Probably unique in the Canton pattern, Shaving Bowls were exported to Europe as early as the 1730s in other patterns. Shaving bowls have a wide rim from which a semi-circular piece is removed. Thus, the bowl is held up to one's throat as the person shaves or is shaved by a barber. We believe most of them were oval but some round ones probably were also made.

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