Bowls


BOWLS-18 Scallops (Deep, Clobbered, Rain Cloud Border)

Description: It took us almost 50 years to find this Clobbered, Scalloped, Deep Bowl! Another one was the frontispiece of Jane Wilson's 2nd booklet published in 1966 and also pictured in her 3rd booklet, 1977, on page 10. That bowl is now in the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown, NJ. An example was not in Herbert Schiffer's book.

The 18 scallops and borders are intricately gilded and partially worn. The clobbered colors are pink, green, yellow, blue, black and orange. Flowers, leaves, butterflies, and vegetables adorn the insides.  It is said that such gilding and clobbering was done in Europe, possibly in the Netherlands. The outside has the standard 3 blue flowers decoration.

BOWLS-18 SCALLOPS (Deep, Rain Cloud Border)

Description:  All of the Scalloped Bowls as differentiated from the 4 & 6 lobe bowls have 18 scallops. We have divided these bowls with 18 scallops into 2 categories: deep and shallow. These three are the deep ones with a depth of at least 2 1/2". Look carefully and you will see every 3rd scallop is slightly larger than the preceeding 2 scallops. Deep bowls are rarer and we feel more desirable and more expensive than the shallower ones. All scalloped bowls have round base rims and the bottoms are glazed. Three flowers decorate the outsides.

BOWLS-18 Scallops (Shallow, Rain Cloud Border)

Description: All of the Scalloped Bowls as differentiated from the 4 & 6 lobe bowls have 18 scallops. We have divided these bowls with 18 scallops into 2 categories: shallow and deep. These six are the shallow ones with a depth less than 2 1/2". Look carefully and you will see every 3rd scallop is slightly larger than the preceding 2 scallops. Shallow bowls are more common and we feel less desirable than the rarer deeper ones. All scalloped bowls have round base rims and the bottoms are glazed. Three flowers decorate the outsides.

BOWLS-4 LOBE (Deep Scallops, Rain Cloud Border)

Description:  4 Lobe Bowls are very rare compared to the 6 Lobe Bowls which we classify as just rare. We have seen just one other and it was the same size as this 9 1/2" one. Time will tell if there are other sized 4 lobers. The Campbell's soup can gives some size perspective. There are 4 large flowers placed outside, one each on the 4 sections. The bottom is glazed. Because of their greater rarity, they are priced higher than the 6 lobe bowls.  

BOWLS-6 LOBE (Deep Scallops, Rain Cloud Border)

Description:  These 6 Lobe Bowls are very similar to the rarer 4 Lobe Bowls. We value them a little less than the 4 lobes. They both have 4 outside flowers, glazed bottoms and deep scallops.

Pictured are 5 examples from 10 1/2" wide to the smallest 6" bowl. Larger and smaller bowls may exist: a 10 5/8" x 4 1/4" bowl has been seen. The Campbell's soup can gives some size perspective.

BOWLS-CEREAL-EARLY-7" (Rain Cloud Border)

Description:  Cereal Bowls are scarce. These are 7" cereals.  As with all early Canton bowls they are very attractive in their primitive painting. They range in diameter from 7 1/8" to 7 3/8" and from 1 1/4" to 1 3/8" high. The 3 cereals pictured are a representative sample. All have glazed bottoms and are heavier and sturdier than later bowls with straight-line borders.

BOWLS-COVERED-OYSTER (Straight Line Border, Twisted Handles, 3 Piece)

Description:  This is a large, double twisted handled, covered Oyster Soup Bowl with a berry knob and stand. It was made in the late 19th century into the 20th century. All 3 pieces have the straight line borders which indicates its late manufacture. Unusual for Canton are the 5 dot bump clusters that suround the handles (I count 50 dots per handle, see last picture for closeup). Also note that although it it has twisted handles and the berry knob which would point to an early date, the pieces are made of thin delicate porcelain and the decoration is poor.

BOWLS-CREAM SKIMMER

Description: This is a very large 18" diameter and heavy, almost 9 pounds, bowl which was used to skim cream and pour off through the little spout.  It is early and very well decorated. This is a Canton/Nanking cross piece: it has the typical Canton scene without a figure on the bridge but it does have a Nanking border. It also appears in the Mixed Pattern Gallery. The bowl has a 1" blue rim and a 2 1/2" wide spout that is 2 1/4" long. It is decorated on the outside by 3 large flowers. The bottom is unglazed.

BOWLS-CUT CORNER SALAD (Square)

Description:  These Cut Corner Salad Bowls are probably the most decorative and popular of all Canton forms and they are common. They probably were made from the eariiest period into the 20th Century. They are quite uniform in size although not always exactly square. Sometimes 3/8" off square and 1/4" in height. Used to display fruit, to serve salads and maybe soup they are very useful. They have beautiful large scalloped rims with both shallow and deep cut corners.

BOWLS-DESSERT-LATE-6.1" (Straight Line Border)

Description:  These late Dessert Bowls are scarce. They are 6 1/8" in diameter and from 1 3/8" to 1 5/8" deep. The 2 bowls pictured are a representative sample. These late dessert bowls have glazed bottoms, are made of thin porcelain and have straight-line borders.