This is a Japanese Satsuma tea bowl. The decorator is Kinkozan, or an artist affiliated with the potter. The bowl has a gold on black mark on the underside that I believe is Kinkozan. Since we know there was no Kinkozan after 1927, then we can assume the small bowl is within the Meiji or Taisho Periods.
The bowl is 1 ¾” high and 5” wide.
There is a light glare on the top right of a few of the photos.
The interior of the bowl is quite beautiful. People are seated or kneeling inside rooms. There are a lot of flowers and gold detail. Below the rim is a Mille Fleur decoration, topped with a gold and black border. The rooms are dotted with gold. The edge of the bowl is trimmed in gold.
The outside of the bowl has a band of flowers, leaves and ribbon against a cream ground, There is another band of leaves against a blue-green ground. At the top there is a border of brown with gold and half way down a border of black with gold.
The pottery is a light cream color with a very tight fine crackle or craze. You can confirm the crazing in the closeup photo showing the mark.
There are no nicks, chips or cracks. There is minor loss of gold on the bowl’s edge. There is minor wear to the painted patterns.
Japanese Satsuma Kinkozan Tea Bowl Hand Painted People in Rooms Interior c 1868 - 1927
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