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375ml Vintage Handpainted Jingdezhen Rice Grain Porcelain Mug

375ml Vintage Handpainted Jingdezhen Rice Grain Porcelain Mug

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I believe this mug was produced in the 1950s-1970s period: the construction and quality of the painting on the mug far surpass the quality of 80s and 90s production, and older Jingdezhen porcelain teaware is now very collectible. Chinese collectors throughout the world are now buying up the best examples of antique and vintage porcelain, and there is a thriving trade in reproduction (often made to deceive) porcelain thanks to the current crop of Mainland Chinese factories that replicate older porcelain products.

Right now, none of the current production coming out of the Mainland Chinese factories comes close to meeting the quality of the vintage and antique export porcelain that was produced during the Cultural Revolution period. This porcelain is actual bone china (which is what the country of China is named out of!) and beautifully crafted. These mugs are very popular with older men here in Hong Kong, who often have one by their side at work. Throughout my life, my security guards have often had these mugs close by, and tea store owners also use these mugs for their daily consumption. They are ubiquitous and retain heat very well indeed because of the lids. 

Vintage porcelain goes for top dollar in Hong Kong, and my price for this mug is much lower than you'd be able to get it for at a tea shop in Hong Kong since Hong Kong collectors are well aware of the value (and quality) of vintage porcelain. I managed to get two of these mugs for a good price. I'm keeping one for my own use, and selling the other! It was hard to pick between them as they are both in mint condition and beautifully crafted and painted. I only have one up for sale, so if you like the way this mug looks, don't hesitate as I don't know if and when I'll ever come across these again!

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