Posted 2 years ago
These unmarked sauce bowls are 3.5" in diameter and hand painted, in original unmarked tomobako. They are extremely thin, about the thinnest, most translucent porcelain that I have ever seen. They appear to be unused but were probably just very well cared for and very carefully handled, judging by the wear to the tomobako. The toning of the wood suggests that they are probably fairly old, but I don't have a guess as to their age. Some of the nails used to secure the tomobako have rusted way, with only the heads remaining. I had to look closely to determine that the bowls were hand painted under the glaze as the details of the ships are nearly identical from bowl to bowl but there are some minor variations. Guessing these were made in Japan based on their apparent age and style. Probably mingei ware since they, and the tomobako, are not marked. Very inexpensive little set but of good quality and nicely done.