JAPANESE VERY FINE PORCELAIN
ANTIQUE ITEM: JAPANESE VERY FINE PORCELAIN TEA SET (with surprise)
KTC FINE CHINA MADE IN JAPAN
A good set of translucent porcelain, with gilded filagree bands and lines to the rims. They are decorated with polychrome scenes of a river with Mt Fuji in the distance, with a sailing boat and houses nestled in amongst fir trees, all additionally decorated with gilt highlights.
The cups have a Japanese Lady’s head in the china to the base, of course this only becomes visible when you drain the cup.
historical note: These impressions in the porcelain which only become visible when held up to a light source are called “Lithophanes”. The word comes from the Greek lithos, “stone”, and phanes meaning to appear. They were very popular in Europe during the 1800’s. A plaster mould is made from an impression carved into a sheet of beeswax, and then the porcelain slip is poured into the mould, to give the desired effect. The Japanese porcelain industry embraced this technique with enthusiasm during the first half of the 20th century, mainly for the export market.
KTC FINE CHINA MADE IN JAPAN impressed in gold verso.
Along with the teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug, there are 2 sizes of plates, dia 18/13.5 cm. The Pot is 12.5 cm High. 1 of the teacups is damaged. (21, in 24 pcs)
ANT MI Lot207:A24/4
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