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Chinese Porcelain Rice Grain Pattern Soup Spoon - ca 1890's
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Chinese Porcelain Rice Grain Pattern Soup Spoon - ca 1890's
Chinese Porcelain Rice Grain Pattern Soup Spoon - ca 1890's
Chinese Porcelain Rice Grain Pattern Soup Spoon - ca 1890's
Chinese Porcelain Rice Grain Pattern Soup Spoon - ca 1890 to 1919 - Hand Painted

See matching rice bowls on this site also.

Our research of oriental items is just beginning, so we apologize for any inaccuracies in the descriptions of the items in this category. We welcome any input or corrections.

This is spoon matches exactly the two bowls that I have also listed on this site. I had always referred to the bowls as rice bowls, although I now believe they may also be called soup bowls. This would explain the presence of the spoon. Rice would have been eaten with chopsticks, where soup would require a spoon. My enjoyment of oriental items goes back many years; however it is only recently that I have attempted to identify and understand the items I have collected.

When I first acquired these Rice Grain Pattern items, I was told a wonderful story of how they were originally made. The fresh porcelain item, while still in its unfired state had a pattern created by hand pressing grains of rice into the clay. When the firing was done, the heat of the kiln destroyed the rice grains, leaving the openings. The clear overglaze then filled the openings, which allowed light to filter through as well as creating a pale greenish pattern contrasted against the porcelain. Unfortunately, some recent research I had done indicates this is not true, and that the holes are merely cut into the clay. So, I am obligated to pass on that information as well as the fun story. Somehow I still wonder if perhaps there is a "grain" of truth in the old story, which is much more intriguing.

The spoon measures 5-1/2" in long and is 5/8" deep. The cobalt blue flow glaze appears around the edge, and the rice pattern is inside the bowl of the spoon. The inside is decorated with intricate designs in Chinese red and gold to match the bowls. There is no makers mark on the bottom, only the occasional stray bit of blue glaze and the rice pattern.

I am aware that there are some similar items appearing in the market today; however the two dishes and the spoon we have here possess a distinctively older appearance and feel. I have owned them for quite a number of years and they were "old" then. They are in exceptionally nice condition with no chips cracks or other damage that I can find at all.

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