From Our Collection: Geisha Girl Porcelain

Geisha Girl Porcelain 1975.1.137a-l

Japanese geisha ware porcelain with "River's Edge" type pattern (1975.1.137). The design is stencilled on with hand painted detailing.

Donated in 1975 as part of the Quinn Collection, museum guests usually question the Japanese origin of this cup and saucer set because of the handle on the cup.  Named for the design, Geisha girl porcelain was made in Japan for the export market in the late 19th and early 20th century.  Created as an inexpensive product it was typically sold in dime stores.  Quality, patterns, border colours and maker marks vary.  The Geisha girl porcelain found in the York Sunbury Museum collection does not have a makers mark.  

Thank you to Gotheborg.com Antique Chinese and Japanese Porcelain Collector’s Help and Info Page for posting information about this type of porcelain.

Geisha Girl Porcelain 1975.1.137a-l

Museum guests usually question the Japanese origin of this cup and saucer set because of the handle on the cup.

Geisha Girl Porcelain Saucer 1975.1.137a-l

The Saucer

Geisha Girl Porcelain Cup 1975-1-137a-l
The inside of the cup.

The York Sunbury Museum is the place to visit to learn about the history of Fredericton and central New Brunswick (Canada).

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One response to “From Our Collection: Geisha Girl Porcelain

  1. I have a cup and saucer just like this with a blue border and it is marked JAPAN in gold on the bottom of the saucer. Does it have significant value? It is beautiful. Thank you for your time and any response is appreciated.

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