sold thnk you.
A wonderful 19-20th century Chinese tea set or wine set consisting of a teapot, 4 matching cups and a tray. Very nicely painted dragon and phoenix facing off with the flaming pearl of wisdom between them. Same motif on the little handless cups and the gently lobed tray. Reverse side of the teapot has a poem and the house signature. Backstamp of the Jiangxi porcelain maker, site of all the famous porcelain kilns in China. Fine white porcelain transluscent in the light. This is a classic porcelain set from the period. Some of the best Chinese porcelain was made in this era, known as the Early Republic of China period.
This set is used for tea and especially for a type of fermented tea which is served very hot to enhance the fragrance. The cups were often warmed with hot water or sometimes the first pouring is allowed to run over. Hence the porcelain tray. Another use for such a set is to serve hot wine, again with the same serving methods to release the fragrance. The set came from a missionary estate a few years back. The unglazed tray bottom has no marks only "Dwyer" written in red probably the original owner, a missionary in China. I got this one several years ago and I've not seen another complete set in this area again.
Teapot 6" H x 7" widest 4.2" diameter at the belly; cups 2.4" H x 2.6" diameter; tray 11.2" x 10.2" 0.75" lip. Very good to excellent condition a little wear on the gold gilt here and there; no chips hairlines cracks or repairs; almost pristine condition really.
A very sweet & complete set dating to the first part of the century and dragon-phoenix to boot! Hard to find. Don't miss it!