Mottahedeh Blue Canton Tableware

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Five Piece Place Setting with Pot de Creme and Master Salt

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Five Piece Place Setting with Pot de Creme and Master Salt

I was helping someone identify what they thought was Blue Willow china and found this beautiful collection, Blue Canton by Mottahedeh.

Mottahedeh Blue Canton

The most fashionable tables in early American Republic were set with blue and white “Canton” or “Nanking” wares, named for the great Chinese trading ports from which they came. Chinese blue and white porcelain was in demand in this country well into the nine-teenth century and has become a part of the heritage of many American families. Blue Canton faithfully recaptures the centuries-old tradition and taste.

The collection has so many pieces and they are all just stunningly beautiful! These are the product numbers and sizes for what is in the photo above, if you are trying to identify it.

HC100 Five Piece Place Setting
HC101 Dinner Plate (10″ dia.)
HC102 Dessert Plates, set of 4 (8 1/2″ dia.)
HC103 Bread and Butter Plate (6 3/4″ dia.)
HC104 Teacup and Saucer
HC117 Master Salt (4″ x 3″)
HC142 Pot de Creme (3 1/4″ h)
HC88 Large Dinner Plate (10 3/4″ dia.)

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Dessert Bowl

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Dessert Bowl

HC138 Dessert Bowl

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Mottahedeh Blue Canton Coffeepot, Teapot, Creamer and Sugar Bowl with Lid

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Coffeepot, Teapot, Creamer and Sugar Bowl with Lid

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Coffee and Teapots, Cups, Saucers and Mugs

Blue Canton

Recognized by the blue lattice border surrounding a variety of landscape scenes, this popular Chinese pattern inspired a number of European versions, most notably English stoneware.

These are the sizes and product numbers for the Blue Canton Coffeepot, Teapot, Creamer and Sugar Bowl with Lid.

HC107 Coffeepot (48 oz., 9″ h.)
HC108 Teapot (40oz., 6 1/2″ h.)
HC110 Creamer (3 1/2″ h.)
HC109 Sugar (4 3/4″ h.)
Mottahedeh Blue Canton Large Cup and Saucer, Can Cup and Saucer, Tea Cup and Saucer, Demitasse Cup and Saucer

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Large Cup and Saucer, Can Cup and Saucer, Tea Cup and Saucer, Demitasse Cup and Saucer

These are some of the sizes the cups and saucers come in.

HC136 Large Cup and Saucer (Cup 4 1/2″ dia.)
HC149 Can Cup and Saucer (2 1/4″ h.)
HC104 Tea Cup and Saucer (3 3/4″ dia.)
HC103 Demitasse Cup and Saucer 1 1/2″ h.)

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Mug , Shang Mug, Cereal Bowl

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Mug , Shang Mug, Cereal Bowl

HC1131 Mug (4 1/2″ h.)
HC148 Shang Mug(4″ h.)
HC142 Cereal Bowl (6 1/2″ dia.)
Mottahedeh Blue Canton Covered Vegetable Server with Lid and Leaned up to see inside with the Master Salt

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Covered Vegetable Server with Lid and Leaned up to see inside with the Master Salt

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Serving Pieces

Here are just a few of the serving pieces. The Covered Vegetable Server is leaned up so you can see the pattern on the inside.

HC127 Covered Vegetable (10″ x 9 1/2″)
HC117 Master Salt (4″ x 3″)
HC95 Oval Vegetable (13″ x 9 3/4″ )
HC97 Medium Platter (13 1/2″ dia.)
Mottahedeh Blue Canton Oval Vegetable and Medium Platter

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Oval Vegetable and Medium Platter

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Mottahedeh Blue Canton Round Tile, Pot de Creme and Sauce Boat

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Round Tile, Pot de Creme and Sauce Boat

HCl35 Round Tile (5¼” IL)
HC/42 Pot de Creme (JW /1.)
HC129 Sauce Boat (7″ I.)
Mottahedeh Blue Canton Pitchers

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Pitchers

HC144 Pitcher (4″ h.)
HC113 Pitcher (6 1/2″ h.)
HC114 Pitcher (4″ h.)
S111 Milk Pitcher (3 3/4″ h.)
Mottahedeh Blue Canton Small and Medium Lobed Trays

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Small and Medium Lobed Trays

HC80 Small Lobed Tray (4 1/8″ l.)
HC81 Medium Lobed Tray (6″ l.)
Mottahedeh Blue Canton Oval Vegetable and Medium Platter

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Oval Vegetable and Medium Platter

HC95 Oval Vegetable (13″ x 9¾” )
HC97 Medium Platter (13½” dia.)
Mottahedeh Blue Canton Cookie Plate and Candy Dish

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Cookie Plate and Candy Dish

HC120 Cookie Plate (10½” l.)
HC138 Candy Dish (7″ dia.)
Mottahedeh Blue Canton Small Square Bowl, Square Salad Bowl, Porringer and Scalloped Bowl

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Small Square Bowl, Square Salad Bowl, Porringer and Scalloped Bowl

HC126 Small Square Bowl (6W x 6W)
HC112 Square Salad Bowl (9″x 9″x JW h.)
HC90 Porringer (6W L)
HC116 Scalloped Bowl (10½” dia.)
Mottahedeh Blue Canton Sauce Tureen and Stand

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Sauce Tureen and Stand

Covered Table Ware

HC143 Sauce Tureen and Stand (7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″)
Mottahedeh Blue Canton Rim Soup Plate and Octagonal Tureen and Platter

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Rim Soup Plate and Octagonal Tureen and Platter

HC106 Rim Soup Plate (9¼” dia.)
HC93 Octagonal Tureen and Platter
(Tureen 12½” l., Platter 15½” l.)

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Mottahedeh Blue Canton Octagonal Tureen and Platter

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Octagonal Tureen and Platter

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Oval Tureen and Stand

Mottahedeh Blue Canton Oval Tureen and Stand

HC89 Oval Tureen and Stand (Tureen 12 1/2″ l., Stand 17″ l.)

Mottahedeh

Mottahedeh makes high end reproductions of historic ceramic designs. They license authentic fine china reproductions from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Historic Charleston Foundation, Mount Vernon, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Monticello, and Tony Duquette. They have made commissioned to make official state china for the White House, the U.S. State Department, and the Diplomatic Corps

Faience

Mottahedeh Blue Canton is made of hard porcelain faience. Faience is not fired at a slightly lower temperature. The white is whiter, less translucent. Colors stand out more.

Faience goes back to Assyria, Babylonia and Egypt, but the name comes from the Italian city of Faenza, where a lot of this china was made.

Josiah Wedgewood developed a consistent process producing high quality faience in England in 1759. A white porcelain clay is fired, cooled, decorated, then glazed with clear and colored glazes. Sometimes gold or other decoration is applied over the glazed surface. Most faience sold today uses this method.


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