Antique Mashiko Tea Pot

This large ceramic teapot comes from Mashiko, a famous pottery village north of Tokyo and known for its rustic, quality wares.
Mashiko pottery is considered a “Mingei” folk art type of pottery, made for everyday use but still beautiful in its design and quality. The town of Mashiko and the pottery was made famous by the potter Hamada Shoji, whose pottery was so unique and beautiful that he became the first person ever to be awarded the title of National Living Treasure by the Japanese government.
(See Ceramics for an example of Hamada Shoji’s pottery.)

This teapot is approximately 120 years old; the teapot shows a scene of flowers and water. Approximately 10″ long and 7″ high.