From the last part of the Meiji Period, circa 1900-1910, comes this beautiful hand painted, gilt and moriage decorated porcelain covered sugar bowl & cream pitcher set. The hand painted cartouches on each piece are lovely, with one portraying several Geisha girls in a garden setting with a pagoda, trees and cherry blossoms, they other portraying a lake-side scene of pagoda, greenery, blue sky and cherry blossoms. The remainder of the pieces are covered in cross-hatching, honeycomb, diamond and geometric designs of moriage , gold gilt and enamel in shades or oriental red, charcoal gray and white.
The sugar bowl measures 6" from handle-to-handle, 4 3/4" across and 3 3/4" in height; the cream pitcher measures 5" from spout-to-handle, 4" across and 3 1/8" in height. Each is marked with red marking. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; gold decoration is worn on handles and there is a line on the underside of the sugar's lid (see photo). It does not go through and appears to have happened in the original firing of the piece. Beautiful decorations.