Vintage ASIAN CERAMIC Trinket BOX Soba CUP SAUCER
A lot of three pieces of exquisite
Asian ceramics work. Includes a soba cup, decorative saucer,
and stacking trinket box.
This lot of fine Asian ceramic pieces
are hand painted and feature detailed artwork on their sides
and tops. Depictions include life in medieval Japan, wildlife,
and decorative patterns.
Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat.
It is synonymous with a type of thin noodle made from buckwheat
flour, and in Japan can refer to any thin noodle (in contrast
to thick wheat noodles, known as udon). Soba noodles are served
either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle
soup. This particular soba cup was made during the Taisho period
(1912 to 1926) from the Bizan area. Like many traditional soba
cups were hand painted in brilliant motifs. This one is no exception.
The trinket box comes in three ceramic
pieces. Each one is a hand painted decoration that stacks up
to create a floral design on the sides, while the top depicts
daily life in feudal Japan.
The saucer has very intricate shapes
and designs done on a red and black pattern over white. It has
scalloped edges and a brilliant center decoration.
The soba cup measures 3 1/2 inches
in diameter, and is 2 3/4 inches high. The saucer has a diameter
of 5 1/2 inches, while the trinket box has a diameter of 4 inches
and stands 3 12/ inches tall. Total weight for the lot is 1
All three of these pieces are in very
good condition. The soba cup has some crazing, probably from
hot noodles, but is free of chips and cracks. The saucer could
use a good cleaning, but has no chips, cracks, or crazing. Finally,
the trinket box pieces stack seamlessly atop one another, though
the base piece has some chipping on its inner lip, though this
does nothing to ruin the appearance of the item.
For the price, this lot would make
great decorations for anyone's den, kitchen, or restaurant.
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