This is an Japanese blue and white oval shallow shaped bowl decorated by a transfer design of a dragon on the side of – or inside of – Fujiyama. The bowl is more of a squared end oval in shape. The dragon flies amidst several clouds – in one of which is a chip about ¼” diameter. It measures 8” long and is 5 ¾” wide by 1” deep. Excellent condition with the exception of the one chip in the one of the clouds. It dates from the late Meiji period, circa 1915-1925.
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 colour, 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.