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)


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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PYH 4317


Murano Glass Trumpet Vase Signed Vincenzo Nason

Vincenzo Nason Murano Glass Trumpet Vase Signed Original Label


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This fabulous cased glass trumpet vase was mouth blown by Vincenzo Nason in Murano, Italy, in the 1990’s. The thin walled glass is an unusual color on the exterior, appearing a smoky grey or a grey tinted greenish, depending on the lighting. The cased layer on the interior is a vibrant cherry red. Standing 11 1/4 inches tall, it weighs a considerable 4 1/4 pounds. The flared mouth is 7 1/4 inches across while the bulbous base is 6 1/2 inches in diameter. The vase retains its original V. Nason & C. Murano Italy label with its white lettering printed on clear and also bears the diamond-engraved signature V. Nason on the bottom of the piece, shown in our photograph # 7. The bottom also exhibits a very large polished pontil scar. It’s in spectacular condition, showing virtually no wear.

After training at the famous Venini glassworks in Venice, Vincenzo Nason established his own glassworks called Vincenzo Nason & Cie in 1967, the name changing to V. Nason in 1989. The firm is no longer in business, having closed around the turn of the 21st century.

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PYH 4467

Qing Dynasty Antique Wedding Basket

Antique Chinese Wedding Basket Rattan and Bamboo Qing Dynasty


  • Antique item from the 1800s
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  • 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.

© Linda Henrich
PYH 4379

Globe On Iron Stand, 1597 Hondius Terrestrial

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This large, elegant standing floor globe is a vintage reproduction of a 1597 one by Jodocus Hondius (Dutch, 1563-1612), the foremost engraver of copperplate maps of his time. The globe itself is composed of map sections called gores, applied to a sphere 12 1/2 inches in diameter. A lovely antique parchment color, it is highly illustrated with sea monsters, sailing ships and compass roses, among many other interesting drawings. The labeling is in Latin and the geographical details fascinating.

The handsome floor stand is wrought iron with a dark patina, resting on three penny feet and having a series of simple wrought details at the center of the stem. The meridian is full-swinging, which means it’s attached to both the north and south poles. A person viewing the globe can then see the entire world by moving the globe, not moving their own position. It can be viewed standing up or sitting. The width at the flat center ring is about 17 inches and the distance the tapering feet extend out is also about 17 inches. It weighs 14 pounds and is one of the more impressive old world globes we’ve come across.

This globe is in excellent condition and a fabulous addition to your office, study or living room.


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PYH 4405


Antique French Faience Plate Moustiers Earthenware Hand Painted

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
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A très charmant assiette from one of the manufactories in the Provençal village of Moustiers, France, this 19th century dish is faience, pale buff earthenware covered in a white tin glaze. It’s hand painted in shades of green, yellow and ocher, with a darling lamb cavorting among flowers and leaves. The molded piecrust rim is striped in yellow and ocher. It’s hand signed, also in ocher, on the reverse with a typical mark of this era, one comprised of letters only.

The plate measures about 10 inches across, is a little over an inch high and weighs a bit over a pound. The face is in lovely condition with a few of the usual tiny glaze pops, but no scratches or stains. There is a minute chip on the edge at the center bottom which would not show when displayed upright. On the back there are two chips (both pictured in separate photos); each of them also took out a small bite of the edge. Such chips are common with tin glazes. The three stilt marks are present and the foot rim is a bit blackened.

This beautiful plate enhances a collection of faience, works so well with Quimper and adds the allure of France to your décor.

© Linda Henrich

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PYH 4383

Bavarian China Chocolate Set by Neukirchner

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  • Vintage item
  • Price $229.00 USD
  • Material: Ceramic
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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

Chocolate Slag Glass Rose Candy Dish by Fenton

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  • Price $90.00
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This beautiful open rose shaped covered candy bowl is #54 of an edition of 650 made by Fenton Art Glass in Williamstown, West Virginia. The glass is chocolate slag, with its lovely variations in color and fine streaks of chocolate throughout. The lid is topped with a finial in the shape of a finely molded butterfly.

Both the inner lid and the bottom of the bowl are marked with the raised mark of the name Fenton in an oval. The bottom is also etched with the limited edition information #54/650—see photograph #5, right side and be sure to zoom. This candy dish is one of the over 1400 pieces Fenton made for QVC, the home shopping TV network, starting in the late 1980’s.

This collectible Fenton piece is in very nice condition. There are no cracks or chips; there is a tiny fleabite on the inner rim that supports the lid, along with a few minute rough spots that you can’t see but can feel with your finger. It’s 5 1/2 inches tall to the top of the butterfly wings and 5 inches across the widest part of the bowl and weighs 8 1/2 ounces. It’s a lovely gift for a Fenton collector or a choice addition to your collection.

© Linda Henrich

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PYH 4347

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

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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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