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Asian Tea Sets69 of 273Spinach Jade Miniature Tea Set / Unknown Maker/ Circa 20th CenturyMy grandmothers tea set from Asia
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    Posted 5 years ago

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    So when I was a kid, much of downtown San Diego was basically a place of past glory, old rundown hotels and departments stores and little shops, with most of the land nearest to the waterfront dedicated to sailors' pasttimes, like pinball arcades and little diners and souvenir shops and porn theatres. My high school was slightly north of downtown, and when I would change buses, I'd walk around and window shop. There was this import store on Broadway I loved visiting as even back then Asian decor was fascinating to me. One thing that especially appealed to me was the black and white dragonware. I always wanted a dragonware tea set but the prices were out of my range, all I could do was moon over them and think some day I'd be able to afford the cost. That old downtown scene is mostly gone now, San Diego has become a tourist mecca with sleek shops and hotels and cafes and bistros. The only place you'd find dragonware today is in the second hand stores and at a good markup so still out of my reach, some things never change, lol. As it happens I found these bits at a swap meet last weekend and for two bucks I was very happy to take them home. It's a miniature teapot, cup and saucer, and I thought the other piece was the tray for the set, but no, it is a lemon leaf dish, so called because of the leaf shape of the dish and because it was used to serve lemon wedges with the tea set it originally came from and with; research informs me this lemon leaf dish is a somewhat rarer piece. I was taken with these pieces from the moment I saw them, as the intricate raised moriage decor suggested they were vintage, and the backmarks and labels proved this out. I love these pieces. As close to the dragonware sets as I may ever get, finally at last. :) I hope you enjoyed seeing them, and thanks for looking.

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    1. fleafinder fleafinder, 5 years ago
      beautiful and mythical set
    2. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love, brunswick, fleafinder, martika, and nutsabotas6. :)

      Thanks, Thomas, I miss pinball, too! :)

      Thanks, fleafinder, dragonware isn't to everyone's taste, but to me it is so beautiful and exotic. :)
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      That's a really beautiful set!!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      So good Katherine! I really like the idea of the miniatures; somehow they seem more appealing and clever. I have never seen or heard of the lemon leaf dish. How cool is that!
      Any idea whose mark it is?
    5. jeneric jeneric, 5 years ago
      That is really awesome. I have miniature teapot salt n pepper shakers that look very similar. Really cool, love these!
    6. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love, fortapache, aura, jscott0363, NevadaBlades, mikelv85, vetraio50, TassieDevil, and racer4four. :)

      Thanks, JS, I'm glad you think it's beautiful. :)

      Karen, yes, the miniatures are so darling. :) I don't know about either of those marks, tried to find them on gotheborg, no joy.

      Thanks, jeneric, glad you think they are cool, I'll look to see your salt and pepper shakers. :)
    7. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Lovely! And part of your kid's dreams :-))
    8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love, Vintageforever, kyratango, and EZa. :)

      Thanks, kyratango, and yes, attached to young memories. :)
    9. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 11 months ago
      I love Dragonware!
      I have an orange vase that was my Grandmother’s and a smaller orange vase identical from my Mother!

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