- Made in China
- Vintage: circa 1980's
- Details: Very beautiful Oriental/Asian artisan decorated tea caddy, or tobacco jar, or multi-purpose storage jar. It features several different flowers growing from a large green vine that goes around the entire piece. The lid is also decorated with the same flowers on the top, including a very large Cattleya orchid, there are smaller individual flowers all around the lid as well. Colors are gorgeous and a bit unusual, instead of the bright pinks, reds and greens we see in a lot of Chinese pottery, this piece is decorated in peach, pinks, greens, soft blues/grays all against a light purple, almost violet background. The lid does not provide an air-tight seal, not appropriate for food storage. The back-stamp shows this to be a Chinese piece, hand painted in Macau, it reads: " Porcelainware Hand Decorated in Macau". This is a very special piece, great as a gift or home decor, for a chinoiserie collector or lover of Macau pottery.
- Material: Ceramic
- Dimension: 6.0 inches Tall, 5.24 inches in Diameter
- Condition: Vintage- Used. Excellent Condition. There are no chips, cracks or scratches on this piece. Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new. Every effort has been made to show scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. Refunds will not be given unless there’s gross misrepresentation of condition.
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Macau is actually a place, not a brand or manufacturer. It is made up of a small, narrow peninsula from the mainland province of Guangdong and the two islands of Taipa and Coloane. In 1553, Portuguese settled in Macau, which became the official and principal point of entry for all international trade with China and Japan and the Chinese population grew. Over time Macao has been governed by Portugal, China and Europe, finally Portugal and China reached an agreement to return Macau to Chinese rule in 1999. The Macau porcelain industry started in 1950 but with little natural resources on the island, they rely on imports of raw materials or whole or partially undecorated porcelain blanks and local artisans add enamel decorations. That industry has grown and in 1981 Macau had more than 40 porcelain factories. This is why you'll see Chinese (or sometimes Hong Kong) stamped porcelain with stickers that state "Decorated in Macau" or "Macau Added Enamel". Macao enamels are a bit more opaque than any other enamels, and are are therefore easy to recognize, they are highly desirable and collectible.