Tableware



This Four Seasons pattern spoon and small cup were found in a burned cabin near Likely, BC.



Dishes, ivory chopsticks, spoon. These (along with many others) were obtained at the little calligraphy shop on Pender Street in Vancouver in the 1970s and 80s. The proprietor took items on consignment from local Chinese.



Two small sauce or sesame seed dishes:



Here are a "matched pair" of old Chinese bowls with a bird and flower design. These 8-sided bowls measure 7 inches across and 2.5 inches high and were purchased at auction in Fort St. John in northern BC in 1982 by my source. They may have been used in a restaurant.



A small dish and a cup dug in an 1880s Chinese dump in the Northern California Feather River Canyon area near Oroville, Ca.



Smaller Four Seasons pattern plates and dishes. The two smallest are sauce dishes. This pattern was called Four Seasons or Four Flowers pattern because each of the four flowers in the design blossomed in one of the four seasons of the year. It was a favorite pattern of the Chinese of the Pacific North West.



Large plate with a small plate, the two sauce dishes, and spoons. All Four Seasons pattern. I picked up most of the Four Seasons items from a tiny shop on Pender Street in Vancouver's Chinatown 30 years ago. The owner was a caligrapher and painter and also sold local collectables on consignment.



Spoons, various patterns.



Four Seasons pattern spoons, various designs.



Spoons, recently sourced (Feb. 2013) in BC-- two pictorial and three four seasons pattern.



Three smaller bowls shown with the two sauce dishes, Four Seasons pattern.



A very small, nicely formed Four Seasons pattern bowl from Victoria's Chinese community---



Two Four Seasons pattern pieces found in an up-island dump on Vancouver Island in the early 1970s. The large 8" diameter bowl has a crack on the other side and the tiny wine cup shows evidence of glaze reduction from being buried in dump refuse.



Smaller bowls, a cup and two liquor cups-- celadon and bamboo pattern, used in Vancouver, BC. and also obtained at the tiny caligraphy shop on Pender Street.



Two more smaller bowls, one bamboo pattern and one celadon. These date pre-1900 and were used in a Chinese restaurant at Angels Camp, Ca.--



This is a "double happiness" bowl obtained by my source from Vancouver BC's Chinatown in the 1990s. The owner or maker's mark is near the inside centre of the bowl. I've been told that Chinese men in communal living often put their owner's mark in their bowl. This bowl is very similar to one shown in the University of Montana, Chinese in Montana website. It is also similar to pieces of Annamese ware I have seen---





As this page is getting too long, some illustrations of tableware grouped by pattern (except for Four Seasons pattern) have been put on a separate page. Click on PATTERNS to see these.

Larger bowls-- Three of these came from the old Chinese restaurant in Keremeos, BC.



Cups-- Three Attributes of the Eight Immortals pattern, three Four Seasons pattern, two Rose Medallion pattern. These came from various sources in BC except one of the "Immortals" cups which came from a site in northern California.



These three small tea or wine cups from California survived a building or dump fire. Two of the cups are very similar with flared edge, raised foot and chrysanthemum decoration on the outside. The third is decorated with a blue fishnet design and is signed on the bottom with a character. The cup on the left is misshapen from the heat and the others have deposits fused onto the porcelain. They are 2" in diameter at the top. Called Chinese by the seller they could be Japanese or of other origin. I like them as relics that have survived.



Sauce servers-- On the left is an Attributes of the Eight Immortals pattern server. Next to it is a Four Seasons pattern server.



This is a unique miniature sauce server. I have never seen one like it before--- from Vancouver's Chinatown. The clay body and brown glaze are the same as the you find on the larger spouted jars. The Canadian Loony coin is shown for size comparison---



Here is a liquor warmer/server-- with liquor cups (liquor cups are Four Seasons pattern). I found 4 of these tiny cups in Victoria, BC and then obtained a fairly large quantity from San Francisco's Chinatown. The server came from the antique shop at the Ashcroft Manor Tea House near Ashcroft, BC, many years ago (a locally sourced piece). This was the same shop that had Bill Hong's teapot.



This is a sweet pea pattern liquor warmer/server sourced from BC-- with liquor cups (liquor cups are Four Seasons pattern). There is one of these in the Asian American Comparative Collection and one has recently been added to the Barkerville Chinese Museum display.



Sweet pea pattern items pictured here to display them together-- 2 wine pourers and an ink or brush wash bottle. The wine pourer in the centre came from a source in Eastern Canada and was locally used.



Showing the liquor warmer/servers in the collection. A green server very similar to the one on the right side was identified as a teapot by the Chinese interpretor who analyzed it thoroughly on the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History pages. It may have served a dual purpose as teapot and liquor server. There was one on a table in a photograph I saw of a Chinese funeral ceremony that took place in a western USA town in the late 1800s.



This is a pottery pan used at the Warrendale Fish Cannery, in Warrendale, Oregon by Chinese workers in the late 1800s. It may be a serving dish. Shards of these were found at the digs at the fish cannery site in the 1960s showing this was not a one-of-a-kind item there but more widely used--



Two cooking or serving dishes-- the large one measures over 7" in diameter, both from Vancouver's Chinatown:



Here is a herb cooker/rice steamer/teapot reportedly found behind the Yan Wah store in Barkerville, BC in the 1960s (written on a tag when I purchased it in a "junque"/antique shop in Quesnel). Roy has one in his collection from Cumberland, BC. There are many of these in the log building stores in Barkerville's Chinatown. 6" tall and with a 6" body diameter:



Small representative collection of restaurant ware--



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