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Alfred Meakin Tea Leaf Ironstone Antique Pitcher Bamboo Body Pre-1897

This Tea Leaf ironstone pitcher was made by the firm of Alfred Meakin (1875-1976)

$70.00

This Tea Leaf ironstone pitcher was made by the firm of Alfred Meakin (1875-1976) in Tunstall, Staffordshire, England, in the 1880s. Pure white with a copper lustre traditional tea leaf centered on the front and back, the body style is called “Bamboo” and the hand painted trim is copper lustre as well. The printed black mark on the bottom includes the words “Royal Ironstone China” and “Alfred Meakin England.” In the center is a logo that mimics that of the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, complete with the quote “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (from the French “Shame be to him who thinks evil of it”), the motto of the British Order of the Garter. The mark does not include “Ltd.” (Limited) in the firm’s name, which dates it to pre-1897, when that designation was added.

This pitcher is in excellent condition, with extremely fine crazing to the glaze and minor flaking to the lustre but no damage or staining–it’s glossy and immaculate. It measures 7 1/4 inches tall to the tops of both the handles and the spout, 6 3/4 inches across from spout to handle and 3 1/2 inches front to back. It weighs about 1 1/2 pounds. A lovely, barely used addition to a collection, it’s also usable for serving.

 

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Qing Dynasty Antique Wedding Basket

Antique Chinese Wedding Basket Rattan and Bamboo Qing Dynasty

Overview

  • Antique item from the 1800s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Ships Free in the USA
  • 20 1/2 inches tall
  • 16 inches across

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This handsome basket exhibits the exceptional workmanship and detailing that was given to both useful and ornamental objects by Chinese craftsmen. Baskets like these are commonly called wedding baskets but they are actually betrothal baskets. The two lidded compartments, finely woven of rattan, were used to transport gifts such as tea sets, linens, incense, candles and snacks and beverages.

The frame is dark reddish brown bamboo, the two sides beautifully carved with auspicious symbols and fastened with brass circlets. They form “feet” at the bottom and a stationary handle at the top, which can be used to carry the basket when it is filled and quite heavy. The wooden handle is surmounted by a heavy hand-wrought brass carrying handle set on an ornamental back plate pierced with symbols. The rattan portion of the topmost lid was woven in two colors to form a shòu character, symbol of longevity, wishing long life to the betrothed couple. There are also two small feet that support the basket, which is 20 1/2 inches tall to the top of the bamboo handle and about 16 inches across including the side supports. The basket weighs a sturdy 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

This example has seen use and shows obvious age, having been made in the latter part of the 1800’s in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The rattan basketry is rubbed along the sides from carrying, so there are areas that are lighter in color. The brass has developed a darkened patina and there is minor chipping along the bottom edges and on the feet. As is common with Chinese lidded baskets, the most wear is to the rim of the lid, where there is some loss of the bamboo edge (pictured). Overall, the basket is in very good condition. It displays beautifully and is large enough to be used as a side table, as well as a fabulous wedding gift.

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PYH 4379

Bavarian China Chocolate Set by Neukirchner

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Overview

  • Vintage item
  • Price $229.00 USD
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Ships worldwide from United States

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This spectacular chocolate set was made in Waldershof, Bavaria by the Franz Neukirchner Porcelain Works. The set consists of the tall pot with lid, sugar bowl with lid and cream pitcher. Also included is a small cup and saucer for the cocoa; the set can also be used to serve demitasse and espresso-based drinks. The creamy white bodies are decorated with a color they called “Swedish Red” and have hand applied raised flowers of genuine gold, which also trims the rims, curvaceous handles and lid knops. All of the pieces of this set are pristine; in fact, the demitasse cup still retains the original foil label placed on it at the factory (shown in one of our photos), which reads “Echt Gold” with a capital N (for Neukirchner, of course) between the words. “Echt,” which is sometimes mistakenly assumed to be a maker’s name, simply means “real” in German.

The chocolate pot stands 10 1/2 inches tall with its lid, measures 10 inches across from spout to handle and holds about 48 ounces (1 1/2 quarts). The sugar bowl is 4 1/4 inches tall with its lid; the creamer measures 6 inches in height and holds 6 ounces (3/4 cup). The petite saucer is 4 1/2 inches in diameter; the cup is 2 1/2 inches tall and holds 2 ounces. There are no cracks, chips, hairlines and virtually no wear to the decorations; there are a few brown spots in the bottom of the pot in the crevice, but that’s it. This set was deservedly cherished and cared for.

A bit of history on Neukirchner Porzellan: We found a listing for the company in a 1906 Directory of the German Ceramic Industry that indicated the company was in existence since 1890 and that one of its specialties was chocolate sets (“Mokkaservice” in German). Also mentioned was that they were highly successful with heavily gilded china. The mark of the crowned N on the bottom of the pieces was one of four they used that we could locate and was used from 1916 until the demise of the company in 1977.

This exquisite Bavarian china chocolate set is one that will be the star in any setting.

© Linda Henrich

PYH 4377

Nankin Pattern Transferware 1890’s Petrus Regout Set of 8 Plates

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Item Name
Petrus Regout Plate Set
Price
$125.00
Condition
Antique
Category
China
Availability
In Stock 1 set of 8
Item #
PYH – 4310

Petrus Regout, son of a trader in pottery, began faience production in 1836 in Maastricht, Holland. The soft red clay body of the simple pottery he produced found a ready local market. In order to expand, however, Regout had to compete with British creamware, so he turned to making china like these plates. The Nankin pattern with its Chinese motifs was probably named for the city of Nanking in southern China. The brown printed mark on the reverse of these plates was used beginning in 1881, indicated by the words “Made in Holland,” which the pottery was obligated to use when they made such close copies of the British wares. The mark changed in 1899, when the pottery was renamed “De Sphinx.”

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Collectors Society Limited Edition Wedgwood Pitcher

Collectors Society Limited Edition Wedgwood Pitcher

Item Name
Wedgwood Pitcher
Price
Sold – Thank You – $38.00
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art – Pottery
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4321

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Description

This English creamware pitcher, so like the Liverpool jugs in its body shape and black transfer decoration, was made by Wedgwood as a limited edition sold only to members of the Wedgwood Collectors Society. The printed Wedgwood mark on the bottom, also in black, began to be used in 1974, when they added the circled R (®) to show that the company name was registered. The other mark, denoting that the jug was made for the Society, features a drawing of Josiah Wedgwood, the founder of the pottery, in the center. The creamy earthenware of the body is also known as “Queen’s Ware.”

The transfer on the one side of the pitcher shows a shepherd and his flock, a popular 18th/19th century art subject. The transfer on the other side shows a couple sharing tea and cakes, with their footman standing by with the teapot; they’re reputed to be Josiah Wedgwood and his wife Sarah. The engraving pictured in #5 is that of the Wedgwood family at Etruria Hall, their country house in Staffordshire, in 1780. Josiah and Sarah are on the bench in this print, also. As an interesting aside, Josiah and Sarah were the grandparents of Charles Darwin, who inherited wealth from the pottery that enabled him to carry out his famous scientific explorations.

The pitcher measures 5 ” tall, about 5″ from the tip of spout to outer edge of the C-shaped handle, and weighs just under one pound. It’s in pristine condition, appearing unused, but for a minute chip on the bottom (photograph #4). This is a lovely vintage gift for a Wedgwood collector or an Anglophile.

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PYH 4321

Imari 1950’s Ginger Jar Gilt Trim & Wood Stand

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Item Name
Japan Ginger Jar
Price
Sold – Thank You – $39.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
China – Home Decor -Porcelain
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4211
Description

This pretty lidded ginger jar with its original footed wood stand is Imari ware, a style of porcelain named for the port in Japan from which it was exported. The cobalt blue and rust are typical colors used on the pure white porcelain; on this piece, the designs are accented with a generous amount of gold. The central pattern is of flowers in Imari vases. This vase was made in the 1950’s; the paper label on the bottom, an oval navy blue “MADE IN JAPAN” with gold trim, is still intact.

The vase measures 6 inches tall to the top of the gilded knop; when on its round stand, it’s 7 inches tall. The black wood stand itself has a diameter of 5 1/2 inches. Both the vase and the stand are in like-new condition, ready to display with pride and a Japanese flair. More Details…

Four Vintage Nanking Pattern Chinese Porcelain Bowls (Sold)

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Item Name
Set Of 4 Nanking Bowls
Price
Sold – Thank You – $70.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
China – Kitchen Dining – Home Decor
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4234
Description

These Chinese export white porcelain bowls are decorated in the Nanking pattern with underglaze transfers in blue. The pattern, named after the port in China where much of these wares were exported, depicts a large pagoda in the center, a bridge over a river, mountains and clouds, among other motifs. The Nanking pattern differs from the very similar Canton pattern by having a border of spears and a human figure on the bridge. The lattice design on the rim has panels that repeat in miniature the designs in the center. The clay body has the expected grit in it and the ink has flowed in the central design of each bowl, on some a bit more heavily than others.

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The bowls have a glossy clear top glaze on all but the foot ring. There is a double blue line around the rim and one around the foot, which are traditional. The underglaze seven character mark reads: Yun Mun Ci Chang, which translates to “The People’s Porcelain Factory,” which dates the bowls from the 1970’s.

Each bowl is about 8 inches across and 1 1/2 inches high. Each holds about 8 ounces (1 cup), should you want to use them for soup or stir fry. They’re in like-new condition and immaculate. They display beautifully and mix well with other blue and white Asian wares. More Details…

Ironstone Transferware English Turkey Platter

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Item Name
W.R. Midwinter Turkey Platter
Price
Sold-Thank You – $225.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
China – Kitchen Dining – Home Decor
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4230
Description

This beautiful,generously sized ironstone serving platter measures 20 inches by 15 1/2 inches. It was made by the firm of W.R. (William Robinson) Midwinter, founded in 1910 in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. The stamped black mark on the back consists of a large turkey and the word “Turkey,” which is actually not surprisingly the pattern name. The “Ltd” after the company name indicates the platter was made after 1932, when the firm incorporated; this mark was used until 1946.

The decorations are just lovely; they were transfer applied in black and then hand painted in a three-color palette of rust, yellow and green. The large tom turkey is the central theme; he’s set against a rural landscape and surrounded on the rim by quaint buildings, animals and trees.

Except for some fine crazing, this platter is in exceptional condition; there are no scratches on the front and we don’t think it has ever been used. It weighs a substantial 6 1/2 pounds and will easily accommodate a 25 pound turkey as well as the trimmings.

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