Tag Archives: Japanese

Musical Porcelain Geisha – SOLD

15 Dec

Musical porcelain geisha

Musical porcelain geisha

How pretty is this Japanese Otagiri musical geisha? I’ve sold a few of these figurines before, but I think this version is the most attractive of them all! The difference is in the base, which is normally plain white, whereas here her mount is black complemented by a pale blue-grey glaze – it’s somehow a touch more classy! And in addition to her good looks, she also works perfectly well – click here to watch a video of our geisha in action.

Dimensions: 21cm tall x 9.5cm in diameter (at her widest)

Price: R250

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Vintage Japanese Teapot – SOLD

14 Dec

Vintage Chinese teapot

Vintage Japanese teapot

At first glance I would have thought that this vintage teapot was Chinese (not that I know that much about oriental ceramics!), but after a bit of research it seems that this ‘Phoenix Ware’ teapot is in fact Japanese, and was produced by world-famous porcelain producers, Noritake. I have to say it’s quite different to any Noritake that I’ve seen before – while it’s very delicate, it’s not quite as refined as Noritake pieces tend to be, although I think it has a fair bit of age to it which might explain the difference. The teapot had a set of matching teacups that sadly I couldn’t afford – the teacups were very fine (and quite beautiful!), as is the teapot with its lovely bamboo handle and wonderful phoenix pattern. It also has a removable tea strainer, so you can  choose to use it with leaves or bags. Sadly the strainer’s been damaged, but the repair is barely noticeable, although it should act as a warning to others – this is a fragile piece to be treated with respect!

A wonderful gift for any tea lovers out there – how much more civilised to drink your tea from this delightful teapot than from a plain old mug!

Dimensions: 25cm tall (incl. handle) x 13cm in diameter

Price: R240

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Japanese Pavlova Plate – SOLD

8 Dec

Japanese pavlova plate

Japanese pavlova plate

Have I ever mentioned how much I love pavlova? Well, I really do! I especially love the pavlova made by my best friend’s mom, Helen – she does a killer pavlova with the most beautiful fruits. It’s a serious work of art! I wonder what Helen would make of the recipe that’s printed on this pavlova plate – such a nice detail! And how great is that 1960s floral pattern? There’s an orange version of this plate, but I think this blue is so much prettier!

A delightful bit of Japanese kitchenalia in tip-top condition!

Dimensions: 31cm in diameter

Price: R130

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Small Novelty Planter – SOLD

25 Nov

Small ceramic whale planter

Small ceramic whale planter

I can’t tell you how much I love this crazy little whale planter!! I think he’s just wonderful! I’m not sure why, but for some reason I think he may have been made in Japan – vintage Japanese design is either super sleek or super quirky, and obviously this falls into the latter. There’s some minor damage to the glaze, and he’s not that large, but I still love him desperately and hope that somebody out there will give him a good home.

Dimensions: 25cm long x 9cm wide x 13cm tall

Price: R145

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Vintage Japanese Trays – SOLD

9 Nov

Pair of vintage Japanese trays

Pair of vintage Japanese trays

These trays have seen better days – they’re a wee bit grubby in places and the handles are slightly damaged – but I think they’ve got a fair bit of age to them, which explains the wear and tear. And while there is some damage it’s not so bad that you can’t use the trays anymore. I wouldn’t be piling up loads of plates or anything too heavy, but I’m confident that they’d be able to handle a few teacups and a pot of tea! And if you’re a bit wary to use the trays, they’d make wonderful display pieces; in the right kitchen these vintage Japanese trays could look quite striking!

Dimensions: Each tray measures 44cm long x 28cm wide x 2cm deep

Price: R130 each

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Retro Japanese Thermos – SOLD

15 Oct

Retro Japanese flask

Retro Japanese flask

This retro flask ticks all the right boxes! It’s Japanese, still in its original box, and has one of the coolest ever illustrations – how great is that steam ship and those crazy birds? And the design of the flask itself is also very attractive and super clever – there’s a little ball in the lid that helps create a suction effect to make sure that your tea stays nice and toasty!

One of the most fantastic flasks that I’ve ever been lucky enough to find! I hope someone else out there loves it as much as I do!

Note: There’s a slight mark on the flask (see pics under ‘more’). It’s not a sign of heart & tear though – it looks like it’s always been there.

Dimensions: 32cm tall x 11cm in diameter

Price: R260

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