A set of five drinking cups, choko, that are decorated with a pattern of underglaze blue bifurcated pines set against a ground of iron red bamboo leaves, with an irregular cloud shaped reserve containing a gilt and iron red prunus tree with a pine bark lozenge superimposed containing a stylised cherry blossom motif set against a seeded green ground. The interior of the cups decorated with a single band of diaper and a tri-form mon with flowering branches to the well of the cup.
Although these are in Eighteenth century style, I believe them to be “Daishoji Imari”, porcelain produced in one of the Kutani kilns and decorated there in the late Meji period. The cups measure 8 cm in diameter and stand approximately 6.2cm in height. They are in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or restoration.
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