A Japanese Metal Pot with Etching and 10 porcelain cups
18 August 2021

These two pieces are part of a lot of items. The metal pot has an inner pot with a spout and a handle. The metal is not iron. It also has dragons etched on the outside and what looks like a Japanese character on the sides. The metal part measures 4.5 by 4.5. The little blue and white porcelain cups are 2 and 1/4 inches high and three inches wide. The cups may have a mark in the center/imtererior of each cup. They do not have any other hallmark. Please comment if this could be lead. Thanks.



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Answered within about 4 hours
By Delia
Aug 18, 11:06 UTC
Fair Market Value
$550 - $850 USD
Suggested Asking Price $850 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Rhonda,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A set of 10 Asian blue and white porcelain tea bowls
early 20th Century
Each with blue and white interior, the outside with black glazing, unmarked
2 1/4 inches high, 3 inches diameter
CONDITION: all appear to be in good condition
PROVENANCE: acquired at auction
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

together with
A Japanese hexagonal silvered metal (zinc?) and pewter hot water kettle
late 19th Century
Of hexagonal section with bent wire handles, with removeable insert with spout, the outside of the kettle with panels in relief, with characters.
4 1/2 inches high, 4 1/2 inches wide
PROVENANCE: acquired at auction
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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Rhonda guess Aug 18, 21:20 UTC

Hi Delia:
Several items were in the auction lot together. So, I know they came from the same source. I just am not sure if they were used together or the precise relationship.
And the pot did not respond to a magnet. Definitely not magnetic. My brother says it is lead. He thinks he knows everything. I sure hope not. Are there other likely metal types? Aluminum? Too heavy to be tin, I think.

Delia Aug 19, 12:02 UTC

Thanks, Rhonda,
The pot could be zinc and I think the insert is pewter, neither of which are magentic. I think the cups are Chinese so probably better to be sold separately.
I hope that helps...!

Rhonda guess Aug 19, 13:47 UTC

That is a great help.I did not think of pewter or zinc. I will separate the cups from the pot. What is the insurance estimate?
Thanks again.

Delia Aug 19, 13:50 UTC

The standard industry multiplier for converting fair-market (Mearto's values) into insurance is either three times the low estimate or twice the high estimate (usually, these are about the same value).

Rhonda guess Aug 19, 13:56 UTC

Do you have any ideas as to what is happening inside of these cups? Perplexed.

Delia Aug 19, 13:58 UTC

I'm not sure I know what you mean - they look OK in the photos.

Rhonda guess Aug 19, 14:30 UTC

I mean the artwork. There are little cascading shapes and there are little animals or insects painted inside. Or, that's what I think I see.

Delia Aug 19, 15:29 UTC

I've seen that sort of stylized decoration on Korean blue and white pottery, where the decoration isn't very crisply painted before glazing. Without marks I felt it was better to call the cups more vaguely "Asian" rather than assign a national attribution.

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