Rather unusual late Meiji (1900s) Japanese Arita porcelain sometsuke style bud vase to be used during tea ceremony to hold a single stem of a flower or grass. Very nice potting, painted in underglaze blue in Shonsui style: initial Shonsui ware is Chinese blue and white porcelain imported to Japan starting in the reign of Tianqi Emperor (1621-1627). Typical decoration was geared towards Japanese taste and consisted of a variety of designs enclosed in roundels. Starting from the 18th century Arita kilns have been producing their own items in Shonsui style. The body of the vase is lined with roundels containing alternating auspicious characters for happiness and long life. Keyfret design inside the lip and around the bottom, continuous cash design around the bottom of the vase. Very pleasant free painting, overall in excellent condition. Height 3 inches.