Late Qing Dynasty Antique Chinese Export Porcelain 21pc Tea Service Circa 1890's
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Late Qing Dynasty Antique Chinese Export Porcelain 21pc Tea Service Circa 1890's:
You are offerding on:A 21-Piece late Qing Dynasty Chinese Export Porcelain tea service; consisting of:
1 Teapot with lid;measures 7 3/4" end to end, about 4 1/2" tall1 Cream/milk pitcher;measures 3 1/2" end to end, about 3" tall1 Sugar bowl with lid; (bowl chipped, see photo), measures 5 1/4" end to end; 3 1/4" tall5 Cups & Saucers; cups 3 3/4" in diameter, saucers 5 1/2" in diameter6 Cake/dessert plates; each 6" in diameter.
Variety of marks, all in gold, on the bottom of pieces — see photos. Exceptionally thin and delicate porcelain (you can easily see through it against the light); predominantly green shades; four panel design on most pieces featuring alternating landscapes and figures; accented with gold and other colors. Reminiscent of Rose Medallion, but quite different and interesting use of the dragon motif. This appears to be partially "transfer ware" meaning the black outlines appear printed, but the coloring is all done by hand.
Condition: All pieces are clean and in good condition with ONE exception: there is damage to top edge of the sugar bowl (see photos) which was dropped on a hard surface many years ago, however, it continued to be used. One cup & saucer was lost to breakage when my parents packed and shipped the set to us back in 2003; hence 5 cups and 6 plates.Provenance + Other:This service was allegedly a wedding gift to my late stepfather's grandmother, who was married in England in 1889. The service was used by "Grandma Gibson" for formal occasions only, and was otherwise kept in a glass cabinet. It subsequently passed to her daughter; then to my stepfather around 1975. It was at my parents' house in Phoenix, AZ till they moved back to Europe in 2003 when it was sent to us. Unfortunately, one cup and saucer broke during that shipment; the damage to the sugar bowl happened in the 1970's when grandma was rather shaky and apparently dropped it while putting it away... but it was kept because "it was still useful."
I am told that complete sets like this one are uncommon, especially with very delicate porcelain like this; most often you see only a teapot and a couple or maybe four cups.
NOTE: This will be shipped via PRIORITY MAIL, both to the USA and overseas.If you're an international buyer, duties and taxes are 100% YOUR responsibility!
We are just individuals selling our stuff; not "dealers!" We are thinning out some of our rather extensive collection of home decor, original art, art books, catalogues, antiques, old stamp collections and other collectibles. The kids have left home and have expressed that they are "not interested" and we are basically "downsizing" and simplifying our lives.This is an ongoing process that will last many months (years?)... hope our treasures find good homes and enjoyment elsewhere; we have loved having them, but now they need new happy homes!