This vintage late 1940's, genuine signed Occupied Japan, reticulated china fruit bowl is hand painted with a red apple, two small clusters of green grapes, as well as grape & apple leaves with grape vine tendrils. This lovely bowl is trimmed in pale yellow, as well as gold on the scalloped edge, around the painting, just below the vertical elongated oval slots, and around the elongated horizontal slots.
Diameter of open bowl measures 8.25" inches across the top and tapers down to 6" inches across at the bottom of bowl. Raised base measures 5" inches across X 3/8" of an inch high.
Hallmarks are "Hand Painted", a letter "W" inside curved laurels of leaves, and "Occupied Japan", all stamped in red.
Bowl itself weighs 15.4 ounces or 448 grams. Excellent condition; with the exception of a teeny chip and two small cracks in one area (See photos 7 & 8 for detail area & close-up); that area is sturdy despite these flaws. Bowl will be VERY well packed for shipping! DRCC 59-2014
Bit O'History: As Japan needed to rebuild their economy after World War II, part of the agreement to allow them to export goods out of the country was they had to mark 50% of all items with "Occupied Japan" or "Made in Occupied Japan", mainly during a short, 7-year period, from September, 1945 through April of 1952. They exported every thing you can imagine, but during the last 2 years, 90% of the items were kitchenware. It's a piece of history from an era long gone. Little did anyone foresee adding the word "occupied" would create an entire new area of collecting.
Item ID: RL-4290
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