Also Called :

Hot Water Dishes

Rarity :


Age :

Early to End of 19th Century

Price Range :


Dimensions :

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9 3/8″ x 1 5/8″ high

9 1/4″ x 1 3/8″ high

Weight :

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3 lbs. 1oz.

2 lbs. 9 oz.

Provenance :

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Sotheby’s, NYC-1965

Availability :


Description:  These shallow octagonal Hot Water Dishes do not have covers. To use, hot water would be poured into the bowl thru the spout which would help to keep food warm.

There are 6 flowers arranged around the outside rims.  The bottoms are glazed. These HWDs are very nicely decorated.  They vary very little in size and are quite common.

Here is a nice quote we found on page 188 in a 1892 copyrighted book: China Collecting in America by Alice Morse Earle. “Hot-water plates of Canton china did every well-regulated and substantial New England family own, deep hollow vessels, with their strong heavy bottoms and little open ears. Not very practical nor convenient of use were they–or, at least, so it seems to us nowadays.”

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