What a beautiful and unusual hard paste porcelain teapot this is. The maker of the pot is one of the family of makers within the Kato Shubei Family in Seto, Japan, and the date is the end of the 19th century, circa 1890 to 1900.
The porcelain pot has three feet, a large round body, and an overhead branching handle. The pot is 8" high to the top of the handle and 7 ¾" wide from spout-to-handle.
The decoration is hand painted with a lot of red and gold, even on the feet, spout, handle and finial. There are flower shapes colored in pink, yellow and pale green with white enamel in raised relief.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
The green mark has the letters NPSK inside a wreath with a crown overhead, a maker that adopted decorating techniques from other regions of Japan, such as Kutani and Nagoya.
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