cocoa set

by Shawneen Kelly
(Murfreesboro, TN)

my whole set

my whole set

my whole set the cups are all facing different to see the whole picture front of plates (all match) front of cocoa pot

This has been in my family since I presume it was new. It was a gift for either my great or my great great grandmother. The story I grew up hearing was that it was special ordered from China, rode by boat around the horn of Africa, to New York, where it traveled by train partially across the country, then by horse drawn carriage the rest of the way to Los Angeles, Ca where my family is from. If nothing else it is a beautiful set.

Originally there were 6 cup but only 3 have survived. They are a very fine, light weight, dainty material. They are very thin. When held up to light you can see light through them. These are not thick heavy pieces. This was a cocoa set my great grandmother enjoyed using, apparently back then cocoa was not a sweet treat but a bitter chocolate drink much like coffee so the servings were very small.

I am hoping to find out if indeed this is of Chinese origin, and about how old it is. I think since it is so beautiful if there were a museum that would like the set for display I would like to let others see it, but I am not sure if it is museum quality.

My set contains 3 cups, 6 saucers and one pot with lid
All pieces have identical marks, painted on. The cup mark has a gold boarder around with gold lettering and red back ground rather then the red mark on white, but it is also painted on and glazed over. The glaze is in very good condition not really cracked but I know this is more then 80 years old since it has been in my family longer then that. All have the same scene but different sides have different parts of the scene, so I have multiple pictures to see the whole picture.
Shawneen

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Thank you
by: shawneen

Thank you, I had no idea it was Japanese. Thank you also for the information so I can continue my research on this set.

Shawneen

cocoa set
by: peter

Hi,
This is Japanese, not Chinese. The marks mean "Made by Taniguchi". The firm Taniguchi appears to have produced or exported/traded Kutani porcelain during the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) eras.

Kutani is a major Japanese kiln, Taniguchi was one of the shops/firms attached to it. Maybe someone specialized on Japanese porcelain can explain this more exactly.

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cocoa set 2

by Shawneen Kelly
(Murfreesboro, TN)

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cocoa set 3

by Shawneen Kelly
(Murfreesboro, TN)

mark on cocoa pot

mark on cocoa pot

mark on cocoa pot mark on plate mark on cup close up of mark

The marks, all are painted on, even the cup's mark it is not a sticker

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