This is an interesting small Japanese blue and white bowl with an unusual transfer design of flowers. The bowl has a small foot and measures 5 1/2"diameter at the top - 1 7/8"diameter at the base - and is 2 1/2"high. It is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. In photo #6 you can clearly see the concentric rings made during the turning of the potter's wheel. There is a small area of kiln roughage inside the footed base. We date it to the late Meiji to early Taisho period, circa 1900-1930s.
Transfer ware (lithography) also goes by the alternative names of transfer print or decal. These are used to apply designs to articles. The litho comprises three layers: the color, or image, layer which comprises the decorative design; the covercoat, a clear protective layer, which may incorporate a low-melting glass; and the backing paper on which the design is printed by screen printing or lithography. There are various methods of transferring the design while removing the backing-paper.