This is a Japanese hard paste porcelain teapot and entirely hand painted. The date is circa 1900.
The teapot is 5 ¼” high and 9 3/8” from spout-to-handle. The size of the pot will serve four people easily.
The body of the pot is painted with geisha girls or women sitting in a garden. Dangling from the top are cascades of leaves and blossoms. At the bottom are grassy leaves and blossoms. The lid is painted with the same flowers and leaves. There are gold bands with designs in the gold.
The back of the teapot has a monogram of S, which means this teapot was most likely a wedding gift.
There are designs on the spout and some added color on the sides of the spout.
There is gold trims on the edges, finial and handle. There is some wear to the gold trim on the handle.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing.
The bottom is signed with a red and gold mark of Japanese letters