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Asian Antiques1081 of 3400Chinese Tree Bowl No. 1959 V.Peking Glass Bottle
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Posted 11 months ago

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Chefjames
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This beautiful china was passed to me by my Mother. Her Mother bought most or all it (I'm unsure) in Panama, where they lived. The teacups and saucers are the oldest and were made in the early 1920s. They are incredibly thin, fine china, with great attention to detail. The dinner plates and small sauce or salt bowls, according to one person I spoke with are from the 40s and 50s. I think the coolest pieces, though, are the "snack sets" that have the plate made for a tea cup and a small place for food.
My Father and I used to use this china when he and I prepared 10 course, Chinese feasts for his friends. Kind of how I got into cooking.

I have been unable to find a match for the marks on the china. If anyone knows who the manufacturer is, I'd love to know! Thanks!

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  1. jwendell222, 11 months ago
    Hi Chef, the mark 'Made in Japan' was used on Japanese porcelain intended for export from 1921 until 1940 and again after April 1952. I believe the round mark is Kutani, Nine Valleys, an area in Japan with hundreds of kilns. The kanji in the center circle is tani, valleys. The kanji in the box at five o'clock is ku, nine. These usually appear side by side in either order, on the nine above valleys, but there are other variations for Kutani where they don't appear at all. I went through several sources for Kutani kiln marks without finding yours, not at all unusual.
    Also looked for the second mark without success. Regards, Jim

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