Also Called :
Tea Tiles, Trivets, Chamfered Corner Tiles
Mid 19th Century
Price Range :
Shown here: 4 7/8″ measured squarely & 5 5/8″ measured on the diagonal x 1/4″ thick.
In a Private Collection: 4 3/8″ x 5″x 1/4″ thick.
Shown Here: 7 oz.
In a Private Collection: 4.8 oz.
Description: All tiles are useful and decorative on the table. They are used to place hot teapots or dishes on to protect wood table tops. Tiles have 5 different shapes: round–square–hexagonal–octagonal–chamfered corners. None of the 5 different tiles we have seen, have rain cloud borders with one exception. That exception is a 7″ large round tile possibly because there was more space to add the border. Hexagonal, octagonal and chamfered corner tiles are rarer than round and square tiles and chamfered and hexagonal are the rarest of all. Thus, these last two are more expensive.
The chamfered corners tile shown here is 4 7/8″ measured squarely and 5 5/8″ measured on the diagonal. Its thickness is 1/4″. The bottom is not glazed. As with many Canton forms there may be larger and smaller examples than shown here. A smaller example has been seen in a private collection and its dimensions and weight are mentioned above. The other four tile shapes have separate listings.