Posted 6 years ago
I just found this gorgeous 30 pieces tea service at an Estate sale in Southern California while visiting my parents. I think it is antique Satsuma Thousand Flowers? When you tap the pieces, especially the large 16" platter, there is a beautiful ring like from crystal. From what I have found that means it is not the lower quality export ware. The craftsmanship of the painting of all the little flowers in green, gold and white is perfection. I am an artist myself and cannot perceive of the patience required to paint these pieces.
The father of the family that this came from was in the military and the woman running the estate sale thinks he brought it back from being stationed in Okinawa in the 50's-60's. In my research so far I am thinking that it might be 1920's? The set was never used so it is in mint condition. I was going to pack it into my carry on bag for the flight but am now reconsidering, lol. If anyone has more insight into the mark or time period I would love to know.