Also Called :

Leaf Dishes, Pickle Dishes, Chop Stick or Spoon Rests, Sauce Dishes

Rarity :

Common (except for largest & 3 smallest)

Age :

Early to End of 19th Century

Price Range :

$75.-$500. Tiny & largest command highest prices.

Dimensions :

Left to Right:

7 3/4″ wide x 9 3/4″ long x 1 5/8 deep

7″ wide x 8 1/4″ long

6 7/8″ wide x 8 1/2″ long

6 1/4″ wide x 8″ long

6 1/8″ wide x 8 3/8″ long

6 1/4″ wide x 7 5/8″ long

5 1/2″ wide x 7 1/2″ long

5 3/8″ wide x 7″ long

5 1/8″ wide x 6 3/4″ long

4 3/8″ wide x 6 1/8″ long

4 1/2″ wide x 5 1/2″ long

3 5/8″ wide x 4 1/2″ long

2 3/4″ wide x 3 1/2″ long

Weight :

Left to Right: 1 lb. 6.2 oz.—15 oz.—14.4 oz.—9.5 oz.—11.1 oz.—11.4 oz.—7.7 oz.—9.2 oz.—7.8 oz.—5.4 oz.—5.9 oz.—3.7 oz.—1.7 oz.

Provenance :

Left to Right:

Jim Galley, PA-2009

1991

1991

1964

1989

2012

Sotheby’s, NYC-1965

Coleman Auction, NYC-1965

James Julia, Fairfield, ME-1988

2012

1967

1967

1967

Availability :

 

Description:  Leaf dishes certainly are one of Canton’s most favorite forms and they are readily available. In the first pictures are 13 in descending size order. They start off with an enormous  9 3/4″ long dish down to a tiny example at 3 1/2″ long and 2.7 oz. All leaf dishes have slightly scalloped rims, a tip at one end and a dip at the other end. There are no decorations outside of the interiors. They all have bottom rims and glazed bottoms. Most all leaf dishes have the tip bending left but, several bend to the right (see last two pictures). As to their use there are many possibilities: pickle dish, chop stick or spoon rest, sauce dish, candy or nut dish.

Back in 1967, we bought the 3 smallest leaf dishes that are in the large group picture and shown separately with a matchbook to indicate their tiny size. These 3 are marked “CHINA” so were made after 1890. We supplied a picture of them to Herbert Schiffer and they appear on page 147 of his 1975 book.
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