This is a small pottery Japanese Satsuma teapot, dating to the 19th century, the Meiji Period, circa 1880. I am told the signature is Kinkozan, and the teapot is Awata Kyoto Ware
The pot is about 4 ½” high and 6” wide from handle-to-spout.
The pot has the Satsuma cream glaze. On the sides are hand enameled painted flowers, leaves and stems. The lid and ends show hand painted flying insects, butterflies and dragonflies.
The glaze is crazed and the crazing is dark with age. There is a small flake under the spout at the tip. There is an irregular line under the glaze near where the spout joins the body of the teapot. The glaze shows imperfections and irregularities, dark marks and such, typical for Satsuma pottery from this time period.
To the left of the handle, towards the bottom, are red hand painted letters in Japanese. On the underside is an impressed Japanese maker’s mark and some penciled marks. The bottom underside is grimy with age.
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