Category Archives: china

Vintage Midwinter Jessie Tait Design Ceramic Fruit Nappy – Ming Tree Pattern

his is an amazing piece of collectible ceramic art created by the famous ceramic artist Dorthy Jessie Tait. The design features a sparse tree with gigantic, multi-coloured lotus blossoms.

Tait was a prolific English ceramic designer working in the Stoke-on-Trent pottery industries, most prominently for Midwinter Pottery, from the 1940s to the 1980s.

This fruit nappy is a good size, at 5″ across and 1″ deep. It is in excellent condition. It is perfect for a scoop or two of gelato, or a topple of fresh fruit and whip cream.

Vintage Midwinter Jessie Tait Design Ceramic Fruit Nappy - Ming Tree Pattern

Vintage Midwinter Jessie Tait Design Ceramic Fruit Nappy - Ming Tree Pattern

Vintage Midwinter Jessie Tait Design Ceramic Fruit Nappy - Ming Tree Pattern

Vintage Midwinter Jessie Tait Design Ceramic Fruit Nappy - Ming Tree Pattern

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers – Japan

This is a pair of vintage china salt and pepper shakers shaped and painted to resemble the common kingfisher bird. They are stamped as being made in Japan.

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Antique Victorian Nippon Hand Painted Rising Sun Salt Dish/Cellar with Gilt Flower Pattern

This is an antique salt dish/cellar made in Japan between 1890 and 1920. This is indicated by the Nippon porcelain mark on the bottom. The mark itself indicates it was most likely made by Noritake.

Salt dishes were very popular on the Victorian woman’s dining table as a way to display a flair for the posh!

Antique Victorian Nippon Hand Painted Rising Sun Salt Dish/Cellar with Gilt Flower Pattern

Antique Victorian Nippon Hand Painted Rising Sun Salt Dish/Cellar with Gilt Flower Pattern

Antique Victorian Nippon Hand Painted Rising Sun Salt Dish/Cellar with Gilt Flower Pattern

Antique Victorian Nippon Hand Painted Rising Sun Salt Dish/Cellar with Gilt Flower Pattern

Antique Sterling Silver Stag Hoof Enameled Decorative Spoon with Flower Motif – Morning Glory

This Antique Sterling Silver Stag Hoof Enameled Decorative Spoon with a Flower Motif featuring a Morning Glory bloom is a delicate work of fine craftsmanship. The enameled porcelain of the spoon’s bowl matches the delicate work in the silver stem, ending with the single stag hoof.

The spoon is Germanic in origin is teaspoon sized.

Antique Sterling Silver Stag Hoof Enameled Decorative Spoon with Flower Motif - Morning Glory

Antique Sterling Silver Stag Hoof Enameled Decorative Spoon with Flower Motif - Morning Glory

Antique Sterling Silver Stag Hoof Enameled Decorative Spoon with Flower Motif - Morning Glory

Antique Sterling Silver Stag Hoof Enameled Decorative Spoon with Flower Motif - Morning Glory

Antique Sterling Silver Stag Hoof Enameled Decorative Spoon with Flower Motif - Morning Glory

Antique Sterling Silver Stag Hoof Enameled Decorative Spoon with Flower Motif - Morning Glory

Vintage Over-sized Novelty Coffee Cup – Made in Japan

Vintage Novelty Coffee Cup, originally uploaded by GranniesKitchen.

A Vintage Over-sized Novelty Coffee Cup made in Japan that rates your need for coffee. This coffee cup is 3 times the normal size for a coffee cup of its era! It is marked by the level of your coffee to milk/cream ratio: Kid’s Stuff, Weak Sister, Half-Cupper, Coffee Lover, Coffee Hound! Oh, those crazy, politically incorrect fifties!

Vintage Over-sized Novelty Coffee Cup - Made in Japan

Vintage Over-sized Novelty Coffee Cup - Made in Japan

Vintage Over-sized Novelty Coffee Cup - Made in Japan

Vintage Over-sized Novelty Coffee Cup - Made in Japan

Vintage Over-sized Novelty Coffee Cup - Made in Japan

Vintage Vitrified Ridgway Diner Fruit Nappy

This is a vintage vitrified Ridgway diner fruit nappy with forest green rings. This nappy is from the Ridgway Potteries Ltd., Ash Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, at Bedford Works, Shelton. That pottery was founded by Edward J. Ridgway, son of the famous Master Potter William Ridgway of Hanley.

“Well-known in the ceramic industry in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Job and George Ridgway, of Shelton, are mentioned on Allbuts’ map of 1802, and in 1820 they were making extensively for the American market, being among the leading potters supplying the New World with decorated wares-showing American buildings, scenery, arms of the United States, portraits of Washington and other Americana.

John Ridgway was honoured by being appointed Potter to Her Majesty Queen Victoria and earned high commendation at the 1851 Exhibition. The catalogue informs the Victorian public that ‘The Establishment of Mr. Ridgway is one of the largest and among the best conducted of the many factories of Staffordshire’.

Ridgway materially assisted in establishing a School of Design and founded a scholarship in this connection. The present firm specializes in vitrified wares, tiles and a full range of earthenware tea and dinner sets.”

from the 1956 book ‘British Potters and Pottery Today’

This is a vintage vitrified Ridgway diner fruit nappy with forest green rings.

This is a vintage vitrified Ridgway diner fruit nappy with forest green rings.

Vintage Diner Coffee Cups Made by Vandesca of Joliette, Quebec

Vintage Coffee Cups, originally uploaded by GranniesKitchen.

These are vintage diner coffee cups made by Vandesca Pottery Ltd. in Joliette, Quebec. The company was started in 1947 by Syracuse China. Vandesca – the only pottery in Canada that manufactured vitrified china. “Vitrified” means “like glass.” It is made non-porous during firing. Ingredients like silica turn into glass at these high temperatures, giving the china its translucent appearance.

Vintage Diner Coffee Cups Made by Vandesca of Joliette, Quebec - detail

Vintage Diner Coffee Cups Made by Vandesca of Joliette, Quebec - Detail