Tiny Rose Medallion Teacup
08 April 2023

There is no mark on the bottom It is a tiny teacup, only 3 inches wide, 3 inches across the rim, and around 2 1/2 inches tall. It is made of porcelain and is a lot heavier than it looks. There is gold gilding that is almost completely worn off from the uniquely shaped handle, and there is gilding also along the rim that is displayed on the outside and inside of the rim that is also wearing down some. The color scheme shown throughout the designs includes blue, pink (or maybe it used to be red but has lightened to pink over the years), gold, red, green, and distinct bold black outlines that really makes the designs pop. The paint is of course worn in several places due to age I assume, but other than the normal "wear and tear" that comes with older pieces, there is no damage, chips, or cracks. I would however like to point out the panel displaying the people in the courtyard. There appears to be a yellowish-gold paint that is smeared across their faces and so I am not sure if that is considered damage or if it affects the overall integrity of the piece. I haven't been able to find this exact design anywhere else online to get an idea of how old it is, or what it might be worth. I see rose medallion teacup sets that are all over the spectrum price-wise which is confusing since I am still fairly new to all this. I am an antique and vintage goods reseller so I wanted to try and find a fair market price as to make sure that I am not overcharging any customers. It is just the teacup, unfortunately no saucer came with it, so I imagine that brings the price down a bit. Any help you could give me on this piece would be appreciated. I am most certainly still considered an amateur when it comes to antiques, but I am learning more everyday, and this will be another opportunity for me to learn, so thank you in advance for any info you could give me about this teacup.


3"x 3"x 2 1/2"

Acquired from
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For sale
Answered within 3 days
By David U.
Apr 11, 06:28 UTC
Fair Market Value
$40 - $80 USD
Insurance Value $0 USD
What does this mean?

Hello Michelle,

I’m very glad that you chose Mearto for your online appraisal,

Considering the photographs, overall pattern, motifs and the colours, I concluded that this is an Entirely Hand Painted Chinese Porcelain tea cup, dating back to the period between 1900 - 1950. Although this piece might be inspired from some Ming Dynasty piece it is fairly quite new. When we observe the piece we can easily detect the unstable colours that changes tone in just one motif or border. The piece lack a serious precision, some motifs are constructed without any details and some are uncomplete in sense of visual connection. Shapes and colours aren rendered poorly on floral parts especially.

Good condition.

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