Japanese heavily potted Meiji period “aka-e”(red) Kutani style export porcelain three-piece tea set consisting of a covered teapot, creamer, and covered sugar vessel decorated in overglaze rust-red and polychrome enamels with gilt highlights. An alternating central cartouche on both sides of each piece includes figural motifs in a Chinese style engaged in scholarly activities in outdoor settings. The base holds a red four-character “Kobe Kita made” mark which dates the set to the late Meiji/early Taisho periods (1900-1915). The teapot stands 7” high, the sugar vessel 5" high, and the creamer 4 3/8" high. Very good overall condition with some minor wear/losses to the enamels evident.