Here's a beautiful bowl coming from Japan at the very early part of the 20th Century. The blue underglaze "Kinron" mark dates this to around 1905.
The shape is unusual; 7 1/4" in diameter with a vertical sidewall that is gently shaped. The curvature is illustrated in the first picture. The rim is delicately ruffled and trimmed with gold beading. The bowl design features 6 roses framed with heart shaped medallions painted in gold and trimmed with gold-dotted ribbons of black. These radiate to a central medallion that is ringed with pale pink and blue posies. No blank spaces on this; the areas between the medallions are loaded with gold scrollwork. The base color is yellow ivory which fades to pale at the center.
The exterior is tamer with small bouquets of dark pink roses and green foliage interspersed around the perimeter. A detail of gold scrollwork follows the ruffled rim and a line of gold surrounds the 5" diameter base lip.
This is in very nice condition with no chips or cracks and, surprising, no fleabites around the very delicate rim. There is some gold wear around this edge and also on the trim on the base. Also one area of scrollwork toward the center interior shows more wear than similar areas. There is also a small dark firing mark on the exterior.
This would make an especially nice gift for a special friend or an old fashioned bride. The condition is better than typical for an item of this age and it is quite striking.
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