Also Called :

Hot Water Dishes

Rarity :


Age :

Early to Mid 19th Century

Price Range :

$500.-$700. Value decreases substantially if top missing.

Dimensions :

Left to Right:

Total Height: 5 3/4″   Top diameter:  8 7/8″   Bottom:  9 1/2″ diameter x 2 3/8″ high

Total Height: 5 5/8″   Top diameter:  8 7/8″   Bottom:  9 1/4″ diameter x 2 12″ high


Weight :

Left to Right:

Total Weight: 4 lbs. 13 oz.–Top: 1 lb. 9 oz.–Bottom: 3 lbs. 4 oz.

Total Weight: 5 lbs. 9 oz.–Top: 1 lb. 6 oz.–Bottom: 4 lbs. 3 oz.

Provenance :

Left to Right:

Northeast Auctions, NH-2005


Availability :


Description:  These octagonal Hot Water Dishes have octagonal tops. The tops fit into an inset rim (the left example has a deeper inset). First, hot water would be poured into the bottom bowl thru the spout, food placed on the dish and the top placed. Unlike other Hot Water Dishes without covers, these would keep the food warm for a longer time.

Both the tops and bottoms have the typical Canton scene and rain cloud borders. There are 6 flowers arranged around the outside bottom rims.  The bottoms are glazed. The tops have large berry knobs in a mushroom shape that are easy to grab. They are 1 3/4″ wide x 1 1/8″ high. Each knob has a breathing hole. See the last picture for a knob closeup. The HWD is nicely decorated. Note that if a top is missing the value of a HWD is reduced substantially. Octagonal covered HWDs are rare, rarer than round covered HWDs.

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