This charming Arita ware cup and saucer set features a dark blue transfer printed pattern on a white background. We believe this whimsical pattern depicts temari balls– a Japanese folk craft known for its multiple layers of wrapped threads and intricate, colorful embroidered designs (see image below).
The saucer is a unique diamond shape with an upwardly curved rim. It is remarkably easy to pick up and carry this set when holding either of the saucer’s pointed ends. If the contents of the cup do happen to spill over, the saucer’s dish-like shape will easily catch any overflow.
Arita (sometimes referred to as Imari) is an ancient and very famous ceramics region of Japan located on Kyushu Island in the south of Japan. Originally Arita ware was known for blue under-glazed and multi-colored over-glazed porcelain. Today, potters make a range of items in porcelain and earthenware that are functional and highly decorated and artistic. Costly pieces that are collected by connoisseurs and museums alike also fall under this same general descriptor.
Slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese teawares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.
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