Also Called :

Tea Cups, Chocolate Cups, Mugs, Cans

Rarity :


Age :

Mid 19th Century–1920

Price Range :


Dimensions :

Left to Right:

3 1/4″ diameter x 2 1/2″ high

3 1/4″ diameter x 2 1/4″ high

Weight :

Left to Right:

4.3 oz.

3.2 oz.

Provenance :

Both:  Skinner’s Auction, Bolton, MA-1988

Availability :


Description: Canton Cups and their accompanying Saucers make up a confusing world in defining the many variations/sizes to be found for each. Accordingly, they will be found in separate listings. We will try not to differentiate between coffee, chocolate and tea cups or straight sided cans but will separate out demitasse cups. The Chinese did not have handles on their cups but for export they added them.

The two tea cups shown here are distinguished by their tapered shapes and “wishbone handles”. They have straight line borders, glazed bottoms and pedestal bases. Although shown with 5 1/2″ diameter  saucers, saucers will be discussed on another page. Note: the cup on the left has an extra high pedestal base compared to the one on the right.
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