Tea set includes one 5 inch by 3 inch tall teapot, one server 3-1/2 inches by 2 inches tall, and four teacups 2-1/2 inches x 2 inches tall. Ships in a rustic wooden box with Japanese lettering.
This gracious porcelain tea set was hand painted with a traditional Japanese landscape. Whether you are a collector or simply want to serve from gorgeous tea ware, this set will make for an intriguing display or a fine tea party.
The first porcelain made in Japan followed the discovery of porcelain clay near Arita near the end of the 16th century. A number of kilns opened up in the area, and a considerable variety of styles were made, the Japanese export porcelain destined for Europe generally using Western shapes and Chinese decoration. Early wares used underglaze blue decoration.
Between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century Arita-ware was extensively exported to Europe, travelling initially from Arita's port of Imari, Saga to the Dutch East India Company's outpost at Nagasaki.