This wonderfully simple shallow serving bowl, marked RC Nippon, features a regal border of enamel pale pink cherry blossoms with green leaves, and scroll-work. There are swags of moriage beading draping downward between the blossoms, with tiny white enamel beads on a gold enamel line. This moriage motif is repeated in a delicate line bordering the center of the bowl with beads tinier still. The rim of the bowl is trimmed with rich gold enamel, continuing to the outside border of white beads and gold. The foot of the bowl also bears gold enameling all around. The center of the inside is simply decorated with an embossed snowflake design on its snow-white surface. The handles are gilded part way down and then adorned with gold enamel scrollwork until they meet the round foot of the bowl underneath and end where they are cut to fit its contour.
This handsome creation is 7 1/4" wide (9 15/16" with the handles) x 1 15/16" high; the foot is 1/4" high. The underside of the bowl has a Nippon mark (Van Patten #80) of Hand Painted above RC (for Royal Crockery) and Nippon below, dating it to the period between 1911 and 1921. There is some light rubbing to the gilding at the ends of the handles (shown) and the snowflake may be a bit faded; it's hard to tell as it's still quite lovely. There's a tiny speck under the glaze on the top surface (shown) and several on the underside, also under the glaze. But there are no faults or damage to this unusual, charming item; it's free of chips, scratches, cracks and crazing and it's ready for your gift list or your own collection!
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