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The Saru, or macaque monkey is a familiar sight in Japan, even living in the cities and suburbs in some locations. They've mostly lost their fear of humans and can be quite demanding, even stealing bags in hopes they contain treats. They are very intelligent creatures, to be sure. Here we see a Meiji period tea set completely and individually hand decorated, with fall foliage and a macaque dining on fruit. Late 19th century to very early 20th century. Overall, the set in very fine condition, with a few minor issues to note, which are shown in the photos. When you see the delicate and thin porcelain, you'll agree it's a miracle it has survived. The teapot has a tight short hairline to the rim. One of the lids has a small repair to the rim. Another lid has some hairlines in the cylindrical portion that sits in the interior. The set has no major damage. It displays beautifully, and is truly unique and different. Part of our private collection for some time now. This is a standard size tea set with the teapot measuring over 7 and 1/2 inches tall. It's a great set - you'll be the only person that has one!
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Ultra Rare Meiji Antique Japanese Tea Set Decorated With Macaque Monkeys
$90 USD SOLD
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