This is a small hard paste porcelain demitasse teapot, Japanese Nippon, and hand painted. The teapot is of the size for one person, or perhaps two people, as it holds about 2 cups of tea. The date is circa 1910.
The teapot is 5” high to the top of the finial and 6” wide from spout-to-handle.
There is a gold band around the top of the body of the pot, with gold beading. Swags of small pink roses loop down from the gold band. There are small individual roses above and below the band. Around the top of the lid there is another gold band, with loops of the same pink roses.
The handle is trimmed in gold, as is the finial. The edge of the mouth and the lid are trimmed in gold. There are gold designs on the spout. There is a little bit of gold wear due to age.
There is a hole drilled into the lid to let out steam. The interior of the pot has a built-in strainer to keep the tea leaves from entering the spout.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
The green underglaze maker’s mark is CHIKUSA with a flower below, Hand Painted to the right, and Nippon below. There is an additional Japanese mark in gold over red.