Trays

CONDIMENT SETS

Description:  Canton Condiment Sets are much sought after and hard to find with all 9 pieces in perfect condition. Even harder to find is a set in the tradional lacquer box. That is why the price range is a wide one.

Pictured first is a full Canton pattern set nestled on a rattan mat. The second set is the Canton pattern but missing the rain cloud borders. It is in a black and gold lacquer box. Next is the square center sections from each of the sets, they both are about 3 3/4" square. After them are the fronts and backs of pieces showing the different decoration and the unglazed bottoms that all the pieces have. In the last picture the lacquer box is shown.

Fairly regularly, individual pieces from sets are sold in the $75.-$100. range.

TRAYS-4 LOOPS-DIAMOND SHAPE

Description: Believed to be used as dresser or pin trays. We have recently added a much larger example, maybe a second larger one will surface some day. All four have lips ranging from 1/4" to 5/8". #2 does not have a rain cloud border. #s 1, 3 & 4 do have the typical rain cloud borders. Only #1 has outside decoration, probably because there is more room for the decoration. All have completely unglazed bottoms except #4 that is marked "CHINA" with a glaze patch over the "CHINA".

These are rare and useful Canton forms.

TRAYS-DIAMOND SHAPE

Description: This diamond shape tray is different than the similar 4 loop trays. It is more finely painted and the loop border is integrated into the outer xxxxx border. Also, the sides are more slanted than the almost upright sides of the 4 loop trays. There are no outside decorations and the bottom is unglazed. This is the only example of this form we have seen. Accordingly, we would rate this form as very rare and it would be useful as a pin or dresser tray.

TRAYS-RECTANGULAR

Description: These trays are quite rare and there are simularities and differences between the 6 that are pictured. First, the simularities are: all have the Canton pattern in the same place, all have indented corners (see 3rd & 4th pics), all have raised sides (tray heights range from 5/8" to 1"), all have unglazed bottoms, and all have orange peel surfaces.  The differences are: 3 of the 6 have tiny valleys in the top rim and one of these (see 4th pic) has blue painted in the valley, the smallest tray is considerably thinner and more delicate than the others, and all but one tray have leaves (see 5th pic) on the 4 outside edges. They range in size from 6 3/4" long to 10 1/2".

TRAYS-TEA SET

Description: This is a unique and wonderful trifoil shaped Canton form.  We believe it was designed as a tray for a tea set. The tray is large at 11 3/4" wide x 11 1/2" long and easily holds a teapot, sugar and a creamer (see the last picture). The teapot is the Lighthouse form with a curved spout and twisted handle, the sugar has twisted handles and the cream pitcher is of the narrow spout variety. This tray has a good orange peel surface and the bottom is unglazed.