Kutani Japan Lithophane Geisha Egg Shell Porcelain Tea Set for 6, 23 Piece Secret Silhouette Fine Bone China
Rare 20th century Kutani Japan lithophane 23 piece tea set for 6.
Superb eggshell fine bone china decorated in cherry blossoms, against mount Fuji and surrounding scenery.
Japanese Geisha lithophane porcelain were first made in the Kutani region of Japan in the late 1800s with production continuing well into the mid 20th century.
When turned upwards towards light source, a Kutani lithophane tea cup reveals a clear image of a geisha at its base.
These lithophane cups were traditionally made for drinking brown tea and such.
The idea of the image at the base of the cup is whimsical, purely to delight the tea drinker as they turn the cup upwards towards the sun to take their last sip, thus revealing an image of a beautiful Geisha.
The western style creamer and matching sugar bowl suggests this set was made for the western market (occupied Japan, 1945-52).
However, judging by its minimal cherry blossom motif, the actual design of this tea set could possibly date back to the late 1920s early 1930s (Art Deco era).
Complete tea set set comprising of
1 lidded tea pot,
1 lidded Sugar bowl,
1 creamer/milk jug,
6 lithophane Geisha tea cups,
and 6 side plates.
In very good vintage condition with small signs consistent to age and use.
No chips, no cracks, no fleabites.
Tea Pot: 23cm wide including spout x 15cm high including lid.
Sugar Bowl: 12cm high including lid x 17cm wide.
Creamer/Milk Jug: 13cm wide x 9.5cm high.
Tea Cups- 10cm wide x 5.5cm wide
Saucers-15cm wide x 2cm high
Side Plates : 18cm wide x 3cm high.