Pottery Marks – Hotta Yu Shoten & Co.

It took me quite a while to figure this one out so I thought it best to write my first post about this lovely peach teacup & saucer, part of a set that I found at a community barn sale in Canterbury, NH a few weeks ago. Here’s a snapshot of the mark on the bottom of the saucer:

After a bit of sleuthing I came across a post on figurines-sculpture.com. In the post (http://www.figurines-sculpture.com/pottery-mark-h-inside-a-flower-hand-painted-japan.html), Admin Peter is able to tell us quite a bit about this tea cup based solely on the description of the mark:

  • Tentative date: 1920-40
  • Manufacturer: Hotta Yu Shoten & Co.
  • Company was in operation from 1920 to 1947
  • The flower depicted is a cherry blossom

Peters words here:

“The shop selling the wares was the Hotta Yu Co. The use of the word “Shoten” means “shop which sells wares fired from its own kilns“. The pottery mark is likely to be from the 1920-30’s. The use of NIPPON was generally discontinued after 1921.If the backstamp were to say “Hand Painted, Made in Occupied Japan”, the date would be 1945-52.

“This firm made an array of tableware and kitchen ware, as well as very cute animals. Just about every design I have seen from this company is a peach. Very nice design values, yet I suspect the wares were not expensive at the time and were possibly considered ‘cheap’ mass production even though they flagged up ‘hand painted’. Fact is, all ceramic of this type would be hand-painted unless it calls for transfer printing on certain bits.”

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