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DRAGONWARE CHINA TEA SET WITH HALLMARK, SIGNATURES AND A GEISHA GIRL

DRAGONWARE CHINA TEA SET WITH HALLMARK, SIGNATURES AND A GEISHA GIRL appraisal

Hi,
I have a tea set consisting of 3 teacups with a dragon emblem on each cup, sugar bowl and creamer (dragon colors from top to bottom are - Red, Gold and Green) and a raised Geisha lithophane that I believe is the “Worried Geisha” at the bottom of each cup with an m shaped signature inside by the rim. Also on the outside of the cups is a large red Chinese mark (looks like maybe another signature).

The Sugar Bowl and the Creamer both have the hallmark word “LUCKY” instead of the word “LUCKY CHINA”. I'm hoping this means it was pre-world war II.

Here are the particulars for each item:

- sugar bowl, 6 oz - height 3 inches, diameter 2.5 inches, handle-spread width 5 inches

- creamer, 4.5 oz - height 3 inches, diameter 2.5 inches, handle-spread width 3.5 inches

- tea cup, 1.5 oz - height 1.5 inches, top diameter 3 inches, bottom diameter 1.5 inches

Photographs include:
•The Hallmark “LUCKY” under the creamer and sugar bowl
•Inside the tea cup is a raised Geisha Girls head.
•A picture from the web of the “Worried Geisha” which I believe to be the same as the raised Geisha in my cups.
•A picture of a tea cup with the “m” like signature.
•A picture of the 3 tea cups, sugar bowl and creamer

Thanks to Theodora Kalfopoulos for the pictures.

Anyone's help appraising this 3 pc China set would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
~Fox
salesbyfox@comcast.net

Category: 
General Antiques and Collectibles
Condition: 
Excellent
Medium / Material: 
China
Distinguishing marks: 
DRAGONWARE THE WORD "LUCKY" ON BOTTOM OF CREAMER AND SUGAR BOWL AND A GEISHA GIRL AND OTHER SIGNATURE MARKS
Period: 
Hoping pre-world war II
Dimensions: 
All included information is in the description
Weight: 
unsure at this time
History: 
Mother's Collection
For Sale: 
No
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)

These lithophane sets are nearly always Japanese, yours were likely marked with paper or foil labels, common to such pieces.
Older Japanese porcelain ( 1891-1921) would be generally marked "Nippon". Trade stopped with Japan during World War Two, similar wares were made both before and after WW2. Values for it are very modest, I suggest you look here:
http://tinyurl.com/m9w4re

Lovejoy

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These lithophane sets are nearly always Japanese, yours were likely marked with paper or foil labels, common to such pieces.
Older Japanese porcelain ( 1891-1921) would be generally marked "Nippon". Trade stopped with Japan during World War Two, similar wares were made both before and after WW2. Values for it are very modest, I suggest you look here:
http://tinyurl.com/m9w4re

Lovejoy

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" China " in this case is not a country of origin mark and has no bearing on the age of this set. Sets made before and after the War can virtually identical and marked the same way. Those made directly after WW2 were most often marked " Occupied Japan" From 1945-52, but again paper and foil labels were used as well, which were removed after sale or simply fell off.

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Submitted by Fox

Hi Lovejoy,
Thanks for the "China" info. But I was referring more to the word "LUCKY" in this case. On the internet I thought I saw that the word "LUCKY" by itself could mean it's pre-war. And do you appraisers give appox. prices on items or only info that pertains to the items being requested for appraisal prices?
Thanks again,
~Fox

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HI FOX, YOU HAVE A CAROLENE WEAR TEASET.The giesha apparantly is the artists wife There are 26 poses of the same giesha.Yours looks like the penchant giesha.Although rare, she is rated in the first 9 giesha poses as the 5th most common to find.The first 9 poses are named sad,quizzical,garland,common, pensive,ribboned,wide eyed,simple&simple with garland. The next 8 are rarer to find. They are: serene,private,vulnerable,sweetfaced,chopstick no1, worried, chopstick no 2 and daisy flowers. The last 9 are extremely rare and they are: elaborate,crysanthemum,stylised,anxios,left facing,knowing,downwards gazing,with plaits,lost in thought and double flowers. The prosedure used to make the giesha face in the bottom is called a lithophane. There are also 2 extremeley rare double gieshas. They are called smiling and kissing. I have the same giesha as you in my teaset, she is the penchant giesha, but my teaset looks far different. It is hand painted with the same style dragons but is bright orange and adorned with fired glass beads It is also heavily gilded. They are pre world war 2. There are 4 styles of the china,used with the giesha lithphanes. However my teaset is 3 of the 4 styles. As each set was individually hand crafted, each set is unique. By the way there is 1 set in the entire world with the giesha outline only{It is held under lock and key by the chinese government.} They certainly are little treasures. They sell for varying prices but i have heard of one selling for $3,ooo aud. There is a web site showing the entire collection of poses Idont have the address sorry, but i found it by searching dragonwear giesha lithophanes. cheers Alyson

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I recieved this same tea set from my grandmother .... Packed it away and forgot about it ... In cleaning I stubble across it .. Learn to appreciate in your older years .. It is very beautiful ....... would like to know more .. maybe would sell Smile

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Hi I also have a teaset, a large attractive teapot and plates and cups and saucers. Inside the cup as i had not noticed before seeing your comment is a geisha girl. Not like the one in the cup here. Is there a picture of all the different ones to compare the face i have? The teaset is black with grey in the middle and a decorative dragon. The girl looks the same but her hair on the top looks like she had a flower in it like a star to the left of her head and her face is similar in stance possibly smiling. Any clues as to which head /face she is would be lovely.

thankyou  Ruth

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Submitted by Fox

Hi Alyson, The picture I got was from the internet. I am not exactly sure which Geisha Girl I have, I just thought it looked close. I would love to find a site that has all the pics of the Geisha Girls so I could really be messed up trying to figure out which one I have Smile I think I forgot to say how much I appreciated all that info and I am still stumped on the bottom of the two other items (I guess creamer and sugar bowl, even though I did not think the Japanese like sugar and cream in their tea) the word "LUCKY" not Occupied Japan or Japan. Any ideas as you were very knowledgeable the first time around? Thanks, ~Fox

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  HI

           I have the whole set same as above except one cup is missing,its not for sale but do you roughly how much they go for.

My mum got it for a wedding present 55 years ago if possible can you give me a reply

Regards Jennifer

 

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We get a lot of these sets through here,  most were made just before and after WW2. Those made directly after WW2 were most often marked " Occupied Japan" From 1945-52, but again paper and foil labels were used as well, which were removed after sale or simply fell off. Most were made for the export maket and virtually identical sets will have marks from other companies, the pieces being made under contract for the import companies. Valuea re modest , even large sets sell for und $200.00 at auction.

Lovejoy

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