This is a Japanese kyusu, a demitasse teapot where the handle is 90 degrees to the spout. The pot may be Satsuma, because the decoration techniques are what is displayed on Satsuma; the color of the pottery is an off-white. The date is circa 1890.
The pot is 2 ¾” high to the top of the finial. It is about 4 ¼” from side-to-handle and side-to-spout.
The pot is signed on the underside of the spout, Japanese letters in gold over a black rectangle that is outlined in gold.
I believe the glaze is a gray or gray-green celadon, and because it is on pottery it is a crackle glaze, or intentional crazing as part of the decorative motif. The lid and interior don’t show any obvious crazing. The interior glaze is an off-white.
All of the decoration is hand painted or hand enameled in gold and black. The side shows Hotei, the Laughing Buddha, with his bag of gifts on a table behind him; part of the gold decoration is raised, meaning you can feel it with your fingertips. The rim of the pot and the lid are bands of geometric designs, another feature of Satsuma decoration. Circling the top of the lid is a painting of something that is linked to Hotei, with raised gold. Around the finial is a circle of another design, with raised gold. The top of the spout has yet another geometric design. On the body, between the spout and the handle, in raised gold, is yet something else linked to Hotei.
There is an old sticker on the underside, all in Japanese, which indicates to me that the pot was never used.
There is a filter built into the pottery at the interior of the spout to catch the tea leaves.
The foot ring on the underside shows a lot of age dirt. The interior rim, where the lid sits, has one small nick in the unglazed pottery. The finial shows a little wear on the gold trim. There are no other nicks, chips or cracks.
Japanese Kyusu Demitasse Teapot Hotei (Laughing Buddha) Gray Celadon Glaze Signed on Spout Hand Painted Enameled c 1890
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