We absolutely love this darling vintage miniature tea set.
The creamer and tea pot are marked "Hand-Painted Nippon" while each of the 6 porcelain pieces in the set boast graceful gilt and floral details.
This set likely dates from the early 1920's to 1930's, when porcelain marked "Nippon" saw a rise in popularity in the United States.
As you can see, the set consists of 4 small cups, a tea pot and sugar bowl, both complete with lids.
Each piece features delicately hand-painted gilding around the rim and handles. This elegant touch complements the sweet florals.
You will notice that decoration is characterized be the iconic Japanese five petaled cherry blossoms.
The soft pink flowers symbolize clouds in Japanese culture, as well as the fleeting, ephemeral nature of life.
While the reflective gold decorations have been painted, the flowery decoration is a colorful, highly detailed decal.
The style, often called "transferware" was developed in the min-18th century in England and involved imprinting decals or "transfers" on porcelain in lieu of hand-painting.
Each piece shows only a tiny pit of finish loss here and there, though the sugar bowl exhibits a few light scratches and a bit of yellow residue on the underside.
Overall, this precious tea set remains in very good vintage condition.
Measurements: Teapot: 3 1/2" tall, 3 1/4" wide, and 5 1/4" long (handle to spout), (189.1 grams) Sugar Bowl: 2 1/2" tall, 3" deep and 3 7/8" wide (handle to handle), (108.9 grams) Tea Cups: 1 1/2" tall, 2 3/8" wide and 2 3/4" long, (27.9 grams, each) Total Weight: 409.6 grams (14.4 oz)
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