This is a Chawan or tea bowl and was meant for use in the tea service ("high tea"). It is not porcelain, it is pottery. The type and the mark are both consistent with manufacture by the Satsuma family of makers in southern Japan. Hard to say exactly but according to the appraiser the bowl probably dates from the late 1800s.. Pictures do not do this justice. The scene and especially the intricate details are amazing.
Size: 8 1/2" across.
Condition: Some crazing. Otherwise excellent.
Appraiser Tips: The bowl is not porcelain and not all the decorations are high-fired so it should always be handled with care. Do not immerse in water, do not rub dry after cleaning (careful and gentle blotting is recommended).
Research Sources: Satsuma is well known and there are many books on the subject. I also recommend the better known price guides like Schroeder's, Warman's, Millers, et al, for short profiles on Satsuma.
Appraiser Comments: It is a very lovely tea bowl, intricately painted and in very good condition as well. It is so well painted and is a bit larger than the usual chawan.
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