This is a Japanese porcelain teapot, hand painted. The porcelain is so light you can see right through it. The date is circa 1900.
The pot is 4” high to the top of the finial and 7 ¾” wide from spout-to-handle. The tea pot is the size for 2-3 people, maybe 4 people if the cups are small or if there is just one serving each.
The decoration is entirely hand painted over a white glaze and quite lovely; there is no transfer patterns on this pot. There are purple and lavender violets with green leaves and some raised white enamel beading. There are even violet flowers on the spout. Around the middle is a band with green and gold designs. Around the top and the edge of the lid is a green enamel band with a darker border and gold overlay, matching the finial, the tip of the spout and the base of the pot. The handle has a gold overlay design.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. There are some skips in the glaze. There is just a tiny bit of wear to the gold. There are some glaze bumps inside the teapot. There is a little bit of wear to the edges of the lid.
The maker’s mark, and perhaps the decorator’s mark too, is in gold on the inside of the pot and also under the lid. I can’t read Japanese, so I am not helpful in determining who the maker is.
There is a hole drilled in the lid so that steam can escape from the hot tea.