Ca. early 1800s
In the Karatsu style, but probably Kyoto ware. The buff-colored stoneware body is decorated with a stylized plum tree design in underglaze iron oxide with white slip clay for the blossoms. It is covered overall in a clear glaze that thickens a bit along one side of the inner wall, making a curtain effect. Opposite sides of the dish have been knife-cut for aesthetic appeal. The underside is clear glazed over hastily painted designs in iron oxide and white slip. The base and footring are unglazed with handwritten characters in sumi ink – Takayasu?, maybe an owner's mark. The rim is edged in iron oxide and there are several small old rim chips. A small kiln crack from the firing can be seen near the footring. This bowl was likely made for the tea ceremony, intended for serving sweet cakes to the guests.
Diameter: 8 in., Height: 2 1/2 in.