Japanese Bone China - Gold Dragons 21 piece tea set

by Sam
(Arizona)

Japanese Bone China - Gold Dragons 21 piece tea set

Japanese Bone China - Gold Dragons 21 piece tea set

Japanese Bone China - Gold Dragons 21 piece tea set
Japanese Bone China - Gold Dragons 21 piece tea set




Japanese Bone China - Gold Dragons 21 piece tea set:- My grandmother showed me these beautiful cups, saucers, and plates earlier today. There were six of each, plus a tea pot, a creamer, and what I suspected to be a sugar holder.

She reported that she had received them from her father (her parents are from the Philippines and I believe he took part in World War II), and had only used them during her and her twin's engagement parties. She believe that they were Bone china - they had little imperfections in them too.

The dragons on the plates, saucers, and cups are gold relief. When I ran my finger over them, I could feel the texture of the scales! We suspect that the coloured areas (the green, red, and some yellow) may be soft jade. We also have jade "paintings" hanging in the study, but those are actual stone, and I don't think, at only seventeen, I'm qualified to compare them.

However, on the creamer, tea pot, and sugar (?), there were not only the little dragons, but big 3D ones as well. Their mouths served as the spouts, and you could even see a tongue on the inside. Their bodies went up over the lids too, so you had to match them up to put the lids back on. These dragons had three toes (to me, my first clue that the set came from Japan) and were red with some gold.

There were no marks on the cups, and I did not look for a mark on any of the plates or larger pieces (I was so terrified I would drop them!). However, there were two Japanese kanji in a red rectangle on the bottom of the saucers: 日本

I know that this means "Nippon" (Japan), but I did a little research first and found out that the company/maker that used this print was called "Nichi Hon", and I found a similar tea set that they had made. I can't seem to find it again, but I recall it being blue and silver instead of white, gold, and red (like ours).







Perhaps the most interesting detail in the set was that when the cups were looked directly into, and with enough light, you could see what looked to be the Emperor or the Kogo. It could also be a Geisha, since she seems to have a comb in her hair. I've included a picture of it, although my phone lacks the quality that it needs to take good pictures.

We really just want a date on the set, if anyone would like to help us out. I do not think we plan to sell it (or at least, I hope not!) nor plan to expand it. I also plan to visit the China Cultural Center with more and better pictures, and see if I can receive some Real Life help in finding out more about this set.

Sam

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Hi Sam

By the way, this is not bone china, it is porcelain - Japan makes porcelain, England makes bone china (a type of porcelain with bone ash added invented by Spode, Staffodshire in 1799).

There is a very lively discussion thread going on about this type of Japan Geisha ware here:-

Japanses Geisha Porcelain

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Japanese bone tea set with etched geisha
by: Anonymous

I have the same gold and red set- any updates? I only have one tea cup left and would love to buy a few more

Repling to Anonymous
by: Sam

Not much, sadly. Most of my information is coming from the other, similar article on here.

Although I have come across a similar set that, if I remember correctly, was selling for anywhere between sixty and a hundred dollars. However, the dragons on the teapot, creamer, and sugar pot were not three dimensional like our own.

tea set
by: Anonymous

I have this exact same set! I have always been curious what the value would be. I recieved it from my Grandmother who bought it in Japan while my Grandfather was serving.

tea set
by: Anonymous

i have 6 cups and 5 saucers of red and gold dragon tea set , anyone like to make me an offer, leave message here. thank you.

offer
by: vijay

I am vijay ... i am interested in it.. i wiuld like to see the pictures of the tea set before i make an offer.


regards,


vijay

japanese tea set with gold triming
by: Amada Bonilla

I have a set of 5 tea cups, saucers, dessert plates, tea pot, sugar and cream. I have pictures to show, willing to sell azamada@msn.com

Golden Dragons tea set
by: Tammie

I have the same set Listed on this page, and very interested in selling them. I only have 4 cups 4 cup saucers 4 plates 1 tea pot 1 sugar 1 creamer. I have 1 cup with the same picture on this site and I have 3 cups with a different picture in the bottom of the cups. The 3 are all the same picture.There is a crack on the handle of the sugar one and it has been glued. All pieces are in 3-D. Or raised dragons. Please make a reasonable offer.

Origin of tea set
by: Suechan


This set is what they call lithopane and it was made in Japan. If there is no mark on it probably was made before 1900 or very early 1900.

GEISHA SAKE SET
by: Patty Burns

Hello.

I received a set of 6 sake cups and a sake bottle from a distinguised elderly gentleman in 1984. He reported that he bought it for his wife while stationed in Japan.

No marks on bottom of bottle, just "made in Japan", but there is a mark on the side of the bottle and multiple marks on the cups.

Do they have any value or are they looked at as momemtos from the war?

Valuable or not, I adored this elderly gentleman and was touched that he would make a gift of something that he purchased for his wife, who was deceased. I told him I would always keep it to remember his many kindnesses to me.


Tea set I have this
by: Anonymous

I have this teaser two it was my great granddads think it's over 100 years old.
If anyone has more info on teaset contact me ..
Blissfullday@hotmail.com

Red/Gold Japanese snack set
by: BFF

Can anyone tell me about my 16 piece snack set -- age, maker, scarcity, value, etc.? It's marked "Made in Japan." Each snack tray is a "figure 8" shape with thumb hole at the end that has a raised rim to hold the cup. The base of the cup has a lip that rests on the raised rim. The porcelain is painted all over in an reddish orange and decorated with Japanese letters, dragons, and wavy lines, all in gold. The porcelain itself is light and thin. I was told a soldier stationed in Japan brought it home with him after WWII.

Made in Japan - tea cups and saucers
by: Anonymous

I have the same but only two cups with saucers, four plates, a cream jug with cover and a tea pot.

Make me an offer!!! I want to de-clotter and buy more practical things. All my collectables are from my mother, she loves china.

email: rpmson@hotmail.com

Have this tea set
by: Lorie

I have this tea set. 6 cups and saucers , sugar, creamer and Tea pot. No markings on bottom except for the words bon china. ( Bon misspelled) The older it is the less marking's you will find.
But, I am confused by the miss spelled word. All pieces are in good shape. One saucer has a few scratches is all. I found one Tea set with dragons on the pour spout and handle but the dragon does not extend over the body of the pots It is just the heads of the dragon. They are asking a LOT for that one.

Japanese Bone China - Gold Dragons 21 piece tea set
by: Brenda

Japanese Bone China - Gold Dragons 21 piece tea set

My father purchased two sets of these beautiful Japanese Gold Dragon tea sets in Korea around the Korea War. One with a white looking back ground with gold dragons and one with rusty/browns tones and gold dragons. They both have the Geisha face in the cups that we have left.

My sister and I will be inheriting these beautiful sets.

She was lucky to find dishware (dinner plates, desert plates etc., however these do not have the geisha face in cups and not as good quality) to match the white/gold tea set. That's the set she wants.

The other set which is rusty/brown tones with the gold dragon is the set that I prefer to inherit. It however, is missing several pieces so I have been looking to see if I could find someone with information regarding this bone china/porcelain and that might have some idea where I might be able to purchase more of the rusty/brown tone gold dragons geisha set.

Does anyone know what pieces the original 21 piece tea set consisted of: For example: 6 saucers, 6 cups, etc.

This site has provided me with alot of important information on these sets that I previously did not know. I have been searching a long time to locate information on these tea sets.

Thank you all for your comments - it's really exciting to finally learn so much about these tea sets that have been in our families for so long. Hopefully I will learn information where I might be able to find replacements.

Please tell me how I can have someone contact me if they have this set and would like to sell. I appreciate all your info and assistance.


I have these
by: Allie

This is a beautiful set. I have two tea pots, sake set, teas set, dinner plates. I have a HUGE selection. If you are interested in buying them please let me know. They are in great shape!
Allie333@gmail.com

Bone china
by: Anonymous

I have a shell plate with the same design as your dragon plate. And it says Bone China on the bottom.

any updates?
by: kere

Hello
I have dragon tea set with the lady on the centre and it will be selling shortly if anyone is interesting.It contains 6 sauces,6 lovely cups and 6 tea plates,jug,sugar bowl and milk jug.
kerelka2009@yahoo.com
Thank you

curious
by: ladydeath013@yahoo.com

i have the entire set could anyone tell me what its worth??

dragon china
by: Pam

I to have the same set of china, the tea pot, creamer, sugar bowl are 3D with the tea cups the same. I researched one time and thought the maker of this china came from England and move to Japan. I could be wrong, but I got them from my parents that where handed down from an Uncle that was in WW2. Ijust cant find out what they are worth. If anyone has any info please let us know. Thanks Pam

golden dragon tea set
by: Anonymous

I have a cup and saucer with the image of the geisha girl in the cup. The cup has a broken handle and I would love to purchase the same. Either the cup or a cup and saucer set from anyone. Please let me know who wants to sell me extras.

21 piece dragon t set
by: Anonymous

I have gold dragon tea set. But with 22 pieces. Geisha girl embossed in bottom of tea cup. 6 cups 6 saucers 6 t plates. Tea pot. Sugar pot and 2 lids. If anyone knows the value I would love to know . My email. Studeb5264@yahoo.co.uk

Madame Chiang Kai-shek dragon tea set
by: Kim

The women in the tea cups is Madame Chiang Kai-shek. My grandfather was a merchant marine and brought this set back from China for my grandmother. I'm 50 so this set has been in my family for a long time. I have the complete set and just like everyone one else on this post I was wondering what it was worth also. I would never sell since this is a family heirloom as I want to pass it down to my daughter. Just curious.

image tea cups
by: rmgolden@aol.com

I would like to buy a couple tea cups and saucers with the girls image in the bottom of the tea cups.If anyone would like to sell me any please write..

Red dragon teaset
by: Anonymous

Hi would anyone be interested in buying part set of this very delicate dragon teaset. I have one sugar bowl four cups four plates and four saucers. Noooo cracks or chips . Due to house move won't be able to display them anymore sad and they would probably break if I stored them away .

value
by: Anonymous

Did any one find out the value?

Same set as Sam at the beginning
by: Jag

I have the same set as Sam. My father bought this in Japan when in the Navy in 1951.

tea set
by: Anonymous

i have teapot sugar bowl , 6 side plates 6 saucers but only three cups all perfect same markings as everyone else would love to know more. please post any information here...

many thanks.

Dulcie

Dragonware NEW
by: Anonymous

I have the tea set in 3D - I also have a place setting for 8 that includes: dinner plates, saucers, sauce dishes, soup dishes, dessert dishes, platter, vegetable bowl and 7 cups, one got broke, but one does have the Lithophane in the bottom of the cup. they are in excellent condition and I would like to sell. My email address is mjaeger@radiodubuque.com. Thanks.

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