This plate has durable body and protective glazed surface. Seven brown ring-like patterns (said to be modeled after horse eyes) decorate the inner rim of the large plate. The outermost edge is ringed in brown.
One of the world’s oldest and largest ceramic production sites remaining today, Seto has produced both high quality tea ceremony wares and utilitarian potteries. This plate, called ishi zara (stone plate), is a good example of the everyday type of Seto ware.
An elegant writing box, which originally came with a paperknife, a water-dropper, and a stone for grinding the ink. Black laquer with poetic motifs formed out of abalone shells, gold, silver and corroded lead.
An autumnal scene of a lone gate with tree, thatched fence and the moon. Interior of the box is decorated with wild autumn flowers done using the laborious maki-e technique.
Inscribed l.c.: "Noon" Signed LR: P. Weller Stamped LL: Federal Art Project NYC WPA Addt'l markings: signed on stone l.r.: P. Weller Inscribed LRC: 23 Original NY FAP label on verso, dated in ink: 6/20/39 Stamped: JUN 20 1939