My grandmother died before 1950 and had collected these cups and saucers. They are unmarked and I was wondering if anybody could help us find out who made them.
lithophane geisha on the bottom of the cup
5cm tall by 7cm wide (including handle)
bluebird and flower blossoms
Thank you for any help (and sorry for the fuzzy picture of the geisha!)
Without seeing the mark on the saucer it is hard to say who may have created this pretty teacup and saucer.
It was probably made for export during the 1940's or 1950's by any one of hundreds of Asian porcelain manufacturer's.
Also, what you are referring to as a "lithopane" is actually called an "An hua" it is used in Chinese ceramics meaning secret or veiled decoration; the designs being visible through transmitted light, produced either by incising the design into the porcelain before glazing and firing or by painting in white slip on the porcelain body.
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There is no identifying mark on the saucer, either.
I don't know who made these but I have one also. My geisha is the same as yours. but the china is a different pattern. Pink blossoms and red leaves. There is also an identifying mark on the sauser but I have researched and cannot find it anywhere. If you would like a picture. Contact me at <email> .
Japanese exports before a certain date did not have a mark. They were then required by law. So the earliest ones with mark will generally have just the Kanji for Japan. Other more expensive houses will have their own signature mark. But general export would have the Nihon mark or sometimes the word, then in English Japan and finally made in Japan. If my memory serves me correctly the date for the legal requirement to mark Japanese exports was at the beginning of the 20th century-after the World exhibits in Europe and the US. So there was about a 20 year window when Japanese porcelain might not be marked.
The Country of Origin of an antique porcelain piece of china, was required to be shown next to or near the porcelain makers mark on all imports to the US since 1891 by Act of Congress (Tariff Act).
I have one, too. The painting on mine is the same as yours but the geisha in mine is different. The cup has stamped in blue simply Japan. The saucer has stamped in blue 'le roi' and Made in Japan.
here is a link that ill take you to a page that has all the different geisha's there are so you can identify yours. Hope this helps
Thanks Karenna for that helpful suggestion.
You have made it easier for us(members and guest) to identify which geisha is referred to.
Have a great day.
Thanks, Kareena. I think mine may be the Quizzical Geisha.