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Chinese Vegetable Warming Bowls with Lid - Very Old - 4-3/4" diameter
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Chinese Vegetable Warming Bowls with Lid - Very Old - 4-3/4" diameter
Chinese Vegetable Warming Bowls with Lid - Very Old - 4-3/4" diameter
Chinese Vegetable Warming Bowls with Lid - Very Old - 4-3/4" diameter
Chinese Vegetable Warming Bowls with Lid - Very Old - 4-3/4" diameter
Chinese Vegetable Warming Bowls with Lid - Very Old - 4-3/4" diameter
Chinese Vegetable Warming Bowls with Lid - Very Old Hand Painted - 4-3/4" diameter by 5-3/4" tall


These very old bowls tell a story with pictures on one side and character writing on the other. I have yet to find anyone who can translate the Chinese writing; however, I will continue to try. There is a single artist's or maker's mark on the underside of the lid.

We have recently done some research on these bowls, and were able to learn some interesting facts about them. We were told that the Chinese always ate their vegetables cooked or at least steamed, and that they actually were surprised that the Americans liked raw vegetables so much. The vegetables would be placed in these stacking dishes to keep warm until time for them to be eaten.

We also learned that this set was quite possible produced in China for export, during the early period, 1880 to 1900, or it could have been purchased by someone traveling in that country during that period. During that time, trade was flourishing with China and porcelain items such as these were produced and shipped as "ballast items". This was a new term for me; however, it was explained that the cargo ships needed enough weight in the lower portion of the ship. Since the fine silk, artwork and furniture had to be stored above for protection, they filled the lower ballast area with a great deal of porcelain ware, that would not be damaged should it get wet.

The condition of these bowls is definitely well-used. There a few small chips on the edges, but no cracks or major breakage. The chips appear to be quite old themselves. There is wear on the areas where the lettering is, but it and the lovely hand colored scenes are still delightful to see. The original hand-fashioned handle on the lid is still present and secure. The bowls are 4-3/4 inches in diameter, and the entire stack, with the lid in place, is 5-3/4 inches tall.

The only marking, as to origin or maker is the single symbol on the underside of the lid.

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