This pair of Japanese Arita tea bowls with covers dates to about 1800. The polychrome decoration depicts landscape scenes with three figures crossing a bridge. The undersides of the lids are decorated with lotus medallions and the tops of the lids are marked. Dimensions: cups measure 2-3/8” high with a diameter of 4-1/2”; diameter of the lids is 3-7/8”.
Condition is quite good – there are two very small foot rim chips on one of the saucer/lids and some minor flaking to the green enamel in places, but no cracks or repairs. The enameled decoration shows iridescence and is nicely painted. There is a mark inside the footed base - it has been translated as “Shosen”, two words together from right to left. Sold only as a pair.