A tiny work of hand painting and potting by the Japanese for a child’s tea set.
A tiny, finely, hand-potted tea pot with attached spout and handle. The little teapot is richly decorated with panels of roses or peonies with a rock and leaves on a milky white ground. The panels are surrounded by iron red and gilt scrolling. iron red, green, eggplant, and gilt. Under glaze cobalt has been used to outline medallions and edge the foot ring. There are holes inside the spout to prevent tea from going into the cup. It has a gilt knob and a hole to let out steam. The lid fits the mouth snugly.
The potting is very thin. You can see the translucent base when held to a light, as well as the potter’s rings on the unglazed white clay base. The unglazed clay foot, base, mouth rim and lid flange are very refined with a very white coloring. The interior is glazed with a nice white, smooth glaze.
4” (10.2 cm) long x 2 ½” (6.4 cm) wide x 2 ½” (6.4 cm) tall. Weighs 3.3 oz (95 g)
There are no cracks, chips, or breaks. There is wear to the gilt on the lid knob from being picked up. There is also light wear to the gilding in spots around the body. The teapot is in excellent color. There are a few kiln flaws like black spots on the interior glaze.
A tiny work of art. It is amazing. Add to a collection of Imari or a collection of child’s tea sets.