From the last part of the Meiji Period, circa 1900-1910, comes this beautiful hand painted and gilt decorated Kutani porcelain 3-piece tea set. The set consist of a lidded tea pot, covered sugar bowl and cream pitcher. The unique shape, shell feet, dragon design handles and tea pot spout, make this a 'look at me' set. The hand painted decorations surrounding each piece consists of Geisha girls enjoying the spring cherry blossoms and multitude of gorgeous butterflies. There are other forms of flowers, fans, lanterns and geometric designs included in a pallet of soft blue, pink, green, gray, red and black outlined and highlighted with gold. The oriental red feet, handles, finials and borders are also heavily decorated with gold.
The tea pot measures 7" from spout-to-handle, 6" across and 4" in height; the sugar bowl measures 6 1/2" from handle-to-handle, 5 1/2" across and 3 3/4" in height; the cream pitcher measures 5 1/4" from spout-to-handle, 4 1/2" across and 2 3/4" in height. Each is marked in gold over red with the Kutani marking. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; several tiny nicks on the inside rim under the lid of the sugar bowl. The design is breath-taking.