Stands

STANDS (Dome Top Teapot)

Description: We are listing this Canton form separately from the Dome Top Teapots that they are normally associated with. They also may have been used as stands for other types of teapots and the four different forms of tiles/trivets were also probably used under any hot pots, dishes and bowls.

We have broken these stands into 2 groups: 

UMBRELLA STANDS

Description: It is the lucky Canton collector who can add an Umbrella Stand to their collection. They are an especially useful form to keep by the front door! However, for safeties sake, we recommend putting a piece of cardboard or hard foam in the bottom to cushion the umbrellas and you might place the stand in a corner with a tiny nylon strap around it to prevent tipping over.

The stand, being guarded by our Molly, is 8 7/8" in diameter and 23 3/8" tall and weighs a hefty 18 lbs. 11 oz. There is no decoration inside and although the bottom has a rim, the bottom is unglazed. The top rim is rolled over. The side is decorated with one very large Canton scene. The rain cloud border is at the top and there is a single blue circling line about 2 1/2" down from the top. Also, 1 1/2" from the bottom are two circling lines. We point these characteristics out as there are at least two other umbrella stands with different decorations.  

The next picture shows two stands together. On the left is the aforementioned stand and on the right is an example with quite a different decoration at the bottom. There are Acanthus leaves pointing downward whereas it would seem natural that they should be pointing upward. The top rim is not rolled over but goes straight down as you can see in the next picture.

In the next to the last picture, there is an umbrella stand with a 3rd different decoration at the bottom. This stand appears in Jane Wilson's 1977 booklet on page 24. She said: "...in very good quality with an unusual decoration." Unusual indeed as the bottom quarter looks like upright Domino chips ringing the base, a decoration we have never seen on any other Canton piece. In the last picture is an umbrella stand that is very similar to the Jane Wilson stand, it has the Domino decoration. Its dimensions are 9" diameter x 23 7/8" tall and it weight is : 19 lbs., 3 oz. Herbert Schiffer, on page 227 of his 1975 book has a very poorly decorated stand. However, on page 228 there is a very nicely decorated one he says is 24" high. Its decoration is very similar to the left stand in the two stands picture.