In the late 19th century, Japan began producing dinnerware pieces for export to world markets. Although mass production techniques were employed, pieces were still hand-painted, often with extremely artistic results. Thus Westerners were given access to beautiful pieces of porcelain combining Western function with Japanese decoration, all at relatively reasonable prices.
This lovely old salt and pepper set is a typical example, obviously for the Western market and adorned with the most delicate of flowers and leaves, touches of gold, and simple moriage accents – making a shake of salt or pepper much more pleasurable than one might expect! Standing about 3.5″ high, the shakers have aged well, with no chips, cracks, or crazing, although some of the gold trim, especially on one top, has worn away. The corks appear to be original.
Please hand-wash only.