The size of Bowl: 7 3/4” Dia x 3 3/8” This fine Japanese Porcelain Sometsuke Shonzui Bowl. It is made with fine quality white porcelain with intricately painted Shonzui design. Main side bowl has the design of Botan(peonly) flower with birds and other flowers with rock. There are three raised band design in brown iron color. The top rim with brown iron finish. The bowl’s wall is very finely made in less than 2mm thick. There are 25 Marumon design with geometric design as well as landscape design, peoples and birds. The most are in different design. The bowl came with Tomobako. The top cover has Japanese writing, “Shonzui Utsushi”(Shonzui style). “Hachi”(bowl). With two shop sealed. Inside cover with, “Heian, Shou-zo”(Kyoto, shou made) with his seal. The condition of bowl excellent, no chip, no crack and no hairline. Dating from early Meiji to late Meiji 1880-1890’s. It is done by Matsumura Shou.
Shonzui name came from Gorodayu Goshonzui, He was born a native of the province of Ise(today’s Mie prefecture) around 1500’s. He traveled to China, Foochow, and afterward to Ching-te-chen. There he practiced 5 years Chinese potting techniques only focusing Blue and White works. His works are famous for this type blue and white in Japan, so everybody called as Shonzui works.