I have a special treat today. Instead of showing something from my collection, I'm sharing a fantastic item from my friend and blogger The Sea Witch's collection. Our word for today is "lithopane", and The Sea Witch recently purchased a great example of a lithopane cup and saucer decorated in a lovely Japanese "Dragonware" pattern, circa 1950's:
When you hold the bottom of the cup to light, the image of a Geisha appears:
Isn't that delightful? You would never know that image was there if you weren't knowledgeable about lithopane china.
I found a second example on Ebay, in the seller loganberie's past auctions. It's a nude geisha cup and saucer, which sold for $30. This should give you an idea of current market value. Here is the saucer held to light:
So now when you see an Asian motif cup and saucer, you might want to hold the cup up to the light to see if there's a Geisha looking back at you! And be sure to visit my friend's blog, Musings of a Sea Witch, for lots of education about antiques and more fantastic finds.