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Japan Blue & White Porcelain 'Phoenix' or "Flying Turkey" Tea Pot
The Phoenix in Japan (known as HOWO) appears to be a combination of pheasant and peacock. It is a rare bird that only makes its appearance on earth when spectacular events or a new age of peace and splendor is about to begin. The phoenix is normally shown with its wings spread out as it attacks a serpent with its claws. Borders on the porcelain vary but often contain stylized mountains and clouds known as the Noritake pattern.
This lovely tea pot , circa 1920's, is covered with images of the Phoenix or Flying Turkey, floral blossoms, scrolls of foliage and geometric designs in hues of shaded blue transfer on a white porcelain blank. The pot measures 7 1/2" in length from spout-to-handle, 4 3/4" across and 4 1/4" in height. Stamped in blue with a "T" within a cherry blossom and "Japan". There are no cracks, chips or repairs.
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Ronald Bry, Oregon, IL
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