This is a very pretty hand painted tea strainer with receptacle from the Nippon Era. In addition to the floral design, there is gold beading on the strainer and on the base. The price is reduced because there is a small brownish hair line crack on the back of the strainer. The hair line is not visible from the top. The set is 1.75 tall and 6.25 to the end of the handle. The base bottom diameter is 3.75 wide and the top opening is 3-3/8 inches.
The strainer is unmarked (which is not uncommon), but the base has mark 135 featuring "Hand Painted" above with a green wreath, large M (Morimura) and the word "Nippon" below it. The back stamp was introduced in 1911 and was in use until about 1921.
There are no chips or cracks other than the hair line mentioned above. The gold beading is still in very good condition.
SOURCE: Pictorial Guide to Potter & Porcelain Marks, Chad Lage, p. 239; Nippon Collectors Club
Item ID: PW737
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