Chinese-inspired English teapot is as valuable as it is unusual


June 13, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: We have what looks like a teapot, except that the top is enclosed. It is filled through a hole in the bottom. We are puzzled as to its intended use. Is it old, or just a piece of "junque"?

A: This type of tea server was called a cadogan in England; vaso senza bocca in Italy. They were inspired by Chinese wine pots.

The name was derived from a Mrs. Cadogan, whose son brought a wine pot back from China. Most were produced between 1790 and 1810.

I don't find any record of sales of these, but they must be worth at least $1,000.

Q: I am writing about a floral basket or bowl. It is 10 inches high and decorated with purple flowers with green foliage on a blue background. It is marked "Made in Austria." What can you tell me about the manufacturer and value?

A: This type of ceramic is known as Amphora. It was made in the Turn-Teplitz area of Austria by Riessner, Stellmacher & Keller about 1900. It would sell for a bout $325 to $335.

Q: A friend gave me a plate about 50 years ago. It is marked "Louis XV -- U.&Co." in a shield with "Sarreguemines" underneath.

Can you tell me when and where it was made, and its value?

A: This plate was made in Sarreguemines, France, during the early 20th century by Utzscheider & Co. It would probably be worth about $35.

Q: My friend has a set of dishes marked "Luneville -- Faience -- France -- K. G. -- Louis XV Lilac." Does the set have any value?

A: Keller & Guerin operated a factory in Luneville, France, from 1778 to the present. Faience is a tin-glazed earthenware. Your friend's set was made in the early 20th century. A 45-piece service for eight would probably sell for about $700 to $800. Louis XV Lilac designates the pattern.

Q: I have a chocolate set consisting of a pot, six cups and six saucers. The set is white with gold trim decorated with purple irises. On the bottom is "Noritake -- Hand Painted." I would like to know how much this set is worth.

A: Your chocolate set was made in Japan probably between 1920 and 1940. It would probably sell for about $165 to $185.

Q: I have a set of Allerton Blue Willow dishes marked with a crown atop a banner inscribed "Allerton -- England -- Willow." I have 12 each of dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls, fruit dishes, salt dips, cups and saucers, two large platters, small platter, two covered vegetable dishes, soup tureen, butter dish, cream pitcher and gravy boat. What would be the value of this set?

A: Your set of Allerton's Blue Willow dishes was made in the early 20th century and would probably sell for about $800 to $900.

Letters with pictures are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556.

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