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A delightful piece of vintage Japanese porcelain (I suspect very early 1900s) in an 8-sided flower shape, with two hand-painted garden scenes. In the upper left corner, a couple is admiring the pink cherry blossoms (which are dotted or raised). The lower right corner, two women and a child are walking in a garden beside a lake, admiring the mountain landscape. Similar designs are usually listed on eBay as “Geishas in a Garden.”

The outer rim is decorated in a dark, cobalt blue (flow blue on the back) border with a red edge around the rim and gold highlights. The scenes are highlighted in the same red trim with red and gold decorations.

The bowl measures about 7.25 inches wide across the points. There is wear to the decoration on the raised ribs on the inside. There are no chips or cracks, no fleabites or crazing. The bowl sits on a raised round foot ring. There is a red mark with gold Japanese lettering, which I have not been able to identify. There is no English mark, so this plate may well date to pre-1921 (or late 19th Century).