Seiei & Company Made in Japan Early Beaded Hand Painted Floral Lemonade Pitcher
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Here for your consideration is a lovely, large Hand Painted Lemonade Pitcher made in Japan by Seiei & Co. I believe this piece dates to the 1930's and perhaps as early as the 1920's.
It features a white background with a peach pastel bottom. The decoration on the front consists of two bands of light blue on either side of a lacy gold band set with blue dots. This background is superimposed with a cluster of what appears to be two Poppy Flowers in a pale peach color that deeps toward orange in the center.
There are leaves that enhance the flowers and are shades of green. Each leaf and flower is outlined in black as is the upper edge of the top blue band and the lower edge of the bottom band. This outline is raised and can be felt above the surface of the pitcher. The bottom edge of the top band and the top edge of the bottom band are enhanced with tiny black dots which I believe is called Moriage.
The design on the back of the pitcher consists of a single bloom and no gold lattice work. There is a hand applied gold trim to the top edge as well as on both sides and the center back of the handle.
This pitcher measures 8" wide at the top from spout to back of handle and 6 3/4" wide at the base. It stands 5 3/4" tall. It is in very good condition with no chips, nicks or cracks. There is no crazing and there are no repairs.
The gold at the top is worn and rough in a couple of places. There are a few manufacturer's imperfections that resulted in small pieces of excess Clay extending put on the base under the glaze. There is some minor discoloration on the base and on a couple of spots on the inside. I would say that about 50% of the gold is present but it is worn.
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