Nice Hand Painted Nippon Nut Set - Violets
This set is what I would call Nippon (Japan) porcelain from the Seto area which had hundreds of cottage industry shops. This pretty violet set is not fine porcelain like Noritake, but is collectible in its own right. Seto families turned out thousands of hand painted items around the turn of the 20th Century. This set has the Torii gateway mark on all the pieces.
General Condition: Vintage, gently used. I don't see any chips, nicks, stains, cracks, or repairs. There are a few tiny dark spots here and there in the porcelain and mold flaws in a few spots. The little bowls are a tiny bit rough around the top edges but they were made that way. They aren't chipped. Most likely made sometime during the years from 1890 'till around 1915.
The pieces are nicely painted with violets off set with tiny Moriage beading all around at the top and the middle and are touched with gold gilt swags on the inside of the bowls. The gilt is almost gone from the top edges of both the master bowl and the small bowls. The small bowls can be used for salt, nuts, jelly beans, mints, or anything that will fit. Each bowl has three tiny feet which are all intact.
The Master bowl measures overall about 5-1/2" Across and is almost 2-3/4" Tall. The small bowls are 2-3/4" Across and 1" Tall.
The set is ready for use or display.
Thanks for looking.