Also Called :

Soap Dishes

Rarity :


Age :

Mid-19th Century

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Dimensions :

Overall: 5 1/4″ wide x 4″ tall

Top: 4 1/4″ diameter

Liner: 5 1/4″ diameter

Base: 5″ diameter

Weight :

Total Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz.

Top: 5 oz.

Liner: 6 oz.

Base: 7 oz.

Provenance :

Herbert Schiffer, PA-1967

Availability :


Description: There are three different Canton soap dishes: rectangular, round with flat round knob and round with loop knob. All consist of 3 pieces: top, pierced liner and the base. All tops fit into inset rims and all bases (except loop knob dish) are unglazed.

This round loop knob example we classify as “unique” as we have never seen others. The one pictured in Herbert Schiffer’s 1975 book on page 87 is the one we bought from him in 1967. He classified the dish then as a “Covered Bowl” when, in fact, it is a soap dish. We gave him several pictures of rare forms for the book. Rectangular soap dishes are “rare” and are in Schiffer’s book on page 72.

The loop knob dish has the rain cloud border on the top, the liner has different style piercings than the other soap dishes and the base differs as it is the only one with a glazed bottom.

Remember, any Canton form that consists of 3 pieces is very hard to find complete and in perfect condition. If they are, they command a higher valuation.

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