Cups and Saucers

CUPS & SAUCERS-BOUILLON (Covered, Straight Line Border)

These covered cups & saucers are generally called “Bouillon Cups”. We do not feel they are large enough to be considered “bowls”. The cups have two handles each and each handle has one circular hole and another very small hole created by a support extension (see next to last picture). These bouillons are late 19th century into the 20th century manufacture. All 3 pieces have straight line borders which indicate their late manufacture. The pieces are made of thin delicate porcelain and the decoration is poor.

CUPS & SAUCERS-DEEP SAUCERS-LATE-5.7″ (Straight Line Border)

These late, deep 6″ Saucers are common. They are 5 7/8″ in diameter and from 1 1/4″ to 1 3/8″ high. The 2 saucers pictured are a representative sample. These late saucers have glazed bottoms, are made of thin porcelain and have straight-line borders. These are marked: “MADE IN CHINA”.

CUPS & SAUCERS-SAUCERS-LATE-6″ (Straight Line Border)

These late 6″ Saucers are common. They range in diameter from 6″ to 6 1/8″ and from 3/4″ to 7/8″ high. The 2 saucers pictured are a representative sample. These late saucers have glazed bottoms, are made of thin porcelain and have straight-line borders.

CUPS & SAUCERS-TEA & TOAST (Trembleuse, Elongated Tray)

There are two types of these Tea & Toast trays: Type 1–these trays are longer and heavier than the Type 2s, they have deeper cup wells, the oval holes at the left ends are larger, the bottoms are decorated with leaves and they have raised glazed bottoms whereas Type 2s are flat bottomed and are unglazed. Both types have scalloped edges and rain cloud borders along the rims.

CUPS WITH RING BASES (Covered, Handleless, 3 Pieces, Straight Line Border)

These are handleless, covered tea or rice cups that sit perfectly into an elevated ring base. The cups are of late 19th century into the 20th century manufacture. The cups and covers have straight line borders which indicate their late manufacture. These two pieces are made of thin delicate porcelain and the decoration is poor. The base ring is quite sturdy and sometimes they are fluted. Besides the borders, the tea houses are elementary and the usual early Canton trees have morphed into what Schiffer calls: “…giant ferns”.

CUPS-CUSTARD (Flared Rim, Straight Line Border)

These small, straight line border cups probably were used for many purposes: custard, sauces, soup, garnishes, condiments, berries. They are interesting as they have flat unglazed bottoms, flared rims and a complete Canton scene around their outsides. They are made of thin porcelain and the sides are translucent.

The two pictured here are the only ones we have personally seen and we consider them very rare. Herbert Schiffer does picture one on page 86 of his 1975 book and calls it a “berry bowl”.

CUPS-CUSTARD (Tapered, Straight Line Border, Handleless)

These simple cups have been generally called “Custard Cups” over the years. However, Herbert Schiffer called them “Beakers-Mugs” and shows a pair of them on page 129 of his 1975 book. We prefer to call them custard cups as beakers are generally associated with laboratories and Canton mugs are straight sided. Custard cups are tapered, do not have handles, have straight line borders inside, are thin, delicate and translucent. The bottoms are glazed.

CUPS-DEMITASSE (Covered, 2 Handles)

This is a very unusual covered cup which we call a demitasse cup because of its small size. It has 2 fairly plain loop handles and a very unusual knob that we have never seen before. The knob has 3 holes in an arched loop. It is of late 19th century into the 20th century manufacture. The two pieces have straight line borders which indicate their late manufacture. The pieces are made of thin delicate porcelain and the decoration is poor. Besides the borders, the tea houses are elementary and the usual early Canton trees have morphed into what Schiffer calls: “…giant ferns”.

The cover with its strange knob is easy to pick up and it acts to keep the contents warm.