(set of four)
Meiji period, Ca. 1880s
Each dish is painted with a similar design in colored overglaze enamels with a phoenix bird in flight over a paulownia spray and leafy garlands in the background. Each dish is molded in the shape of a chrysanthemum flower, and set on a low foot. The footring is unglazed, exposing the fine white porcelain body. A “fuku” mark in underglaze blue is painted on the base of each, and an iron-red cash symbol is drawn on the exterior wall. The dishes are four graduated sizes and were intended for serving individual condiments for a formal meal. All are in good condition.
Width: 4 5/8 in., Height: 1 in.
Width: 4 ¼ in., Height: 1 ½ in.
Width: 3 ½ in., Height: ¾ in.
Width: 2 7/8 in., Height: 1 in.