Vintage Tashiro Shoten Sugar Bowl - Handpainted- Made in Japan circa 1930s-1954
In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be. Hubert H. Humphrey
Close to 100 years ago this petite sugar bowl was hand-painted in the bustling city of Nagoya, Japan by artisans of Tashiro Shoten Ltd. In operation from the 1930's-1954, Tashiro's dishware production must have been precarious as the city of Nagoya was consistently bombed during WWII, making this sugar bowl a lucky survivor not only of history but also of artistic endurance and perseverance despite difficult times.
Originally this sugar bowl was most likely came with a matching lid. Somewhere during his journey through the decades the lid went its own way. Fortunately that loss is our gain, as this pretty little dish now offers new purposes in the decorating department. As a holder for small items or slender tools like paint brushes or cheese knives or similiar shaped kitchen objects, therea re plenty of ways to incorporate this colorful character into your kitchen. One of our most favorite ways is to repurpose it is as a planter for succulents or air plants. The brightly hued floral design, which differs on both sides, instantly adds a bit of colorful style to your space and creates a happy haven for your mini garden while keeping your plant life interesting, tidy and totally unique.
- Rare pattern from a rare pottery manufacturer
- Petite size that is ideal for small space living
- Colors include spring green, gold, raspberry, tomato red, teal, orange, peach, blue, navy blue, purple, yellow and forest green
- Gold detailing around the rim, base and handles
- Marked on bottom with Tashiro Shoten's elephant mark
In beautiful vintage condition. No chips or cracks. Lots of gorgeous crazing.
Measures 3" inches (height) x 4.5" inches (length - handle to handle) x 2.75" inches (width)
If you choose to make a mini garden planter out of this lovely, it accommodates a 2.5" inch succulent perfectly while also giving it a little extra room to grow:)