Nippon Miniature Tea Set

Good day dear Friends,

Welcome to Leisure Lane.  Last post I mentioned that I discovered a very pretty tea set I had packed away in my closet.  Well, today I am very happy to share it with you.  (If you’ve been to this post  previously, you will notice that I’ve replaced a couple of photos, as I’ve found the lid to the teapot – yea!!  It was very well hidden in the wrapping paper which it was stored away in.  I thought it came with one, but it’s been packed away for so long I couldn’t remember.)

This is a miniature, or perhaps a child’s,  Nippon porcelain, hand-painted set,  found in a gift store I used to work at.  I just adored the colors and the beautiful design, so I bought it.

When I purchased it the handle of the teapot was missing, and one of  the sugar bowl handles had been repaired, but since I intended only to use it as decoration that didn’t matter to me.  What mattered to me most was the design and colors.

The only information I could find was that Nippon means Japan, and represents a time period in which porcelain contained the mark of Nippon.  Production of Nippon porcelain began in 1891 and was exported to America until 1921, when a tariff was imposed stating that all items must be marked in English, and since Nippon was considered Japanese it was no longer allowed importation.

All Nippon was totally hand-painted until 1904.  Which means that this set is from 1904 or before.  Isn’t the design and hand-painting lovely?  Notice the thick application of dots and strokes, especially on the lid.

The violets with the green and cream colors are very pretty together, calming, and a delight to enjoy.  I hope you’ve enjoyed them, too.

Well, on some other news.  I’ve been very busy writing a children’s storybook series about a little girl named, Penelope Pumperschnook.  I’m on the 5th story, which I hope to be able work on today.  I’ve also been working up some sketches of her.  More on her another time.

I wish you all a delightful day, and until next time, may happy days abound.


Note:  Information for Nippon history was taken from the following link;  a guide to collecting antique Japanese pottery.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurie stewart
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 01:43:09

    evening…..thanks for sharing your lovely tea set. I owe one done in pinks and yellows with a gold rim…….lovely . Enjoyed reading your research , so thanks for sharing!




  2. Rella
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 04:27:28

    Marianne, I am happy to tell you that faerie dust was sprinkled on your name this magical night…….and you will receive my LET JOY BE YOUR COMPASS heart. Send me your snail mail and I will pack it up and get it to you.

    Thank you for your visits to Faerieluna and I am delighted to send this little piece of wall art to you.

    xox Rella



  3. Brenda
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 21:18:07

    Beautiful child’s tea set! What a treasure! I think it is wonderful that you have held on to it for so long and now you are able to share it with so many. It looks like a set that Penelope Pumperschnook would enjoy with her doll. I can’t wait to here the stories! God Bless you through this wonderful journey.



  4. Susan
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 07:35:35


    first of all thanks for dropping by at my blog and for your kind words, I do love your miniature teaset, so beautiful and the flowers look so real as it’s handpainted with dots, thanks for sharing this post and good luck on your storybook, i must say i love the name of penelope pumperschnook, it’s soo cuteee….have a great day! 🙂



  5. Terri
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 17:30:30

    Your child’s set is truly lovely. The hand painted violets are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it.
    Thank you also for sharing about your books. I look forward to hearing more about them. I am in the process of editing two juvenile books I have written.



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