Q&A ON COLLECTING
What is 1940s tea set from Japan worth?
Q: The above photo features a porcelain tea set that is a service for six. It has been in our family for years and was given to me in 1946 for my wedding. Each piece is marked with the letters “R.S. Japan — Made in Japan” and with the image of the rising sun. The set includes a teapot, a cream pitcher, sugar bowl, dessert plates, cups and saucers. Each piece is decorated with a luster glaze and all are in excellent condition.
What can you tell me about my tea set?
A: As a rule, porcelain marked “Made in Japan” was made after 1920. The mark with rising sun image that you described was used from the late 1940s.
Similar tea sets made in Japan are usually worth $125 to $175.
Q: This mark is impressed on the back of a stoneware plate that I found while going through my grandmother's things when she was moving to a retirement home. She told me it was given to her when she was a child. She is in her nineties, so I know the plate is old. It is around 8 inches in diameter and is decorated with gray crackle glaze and trimmed with cobalt blue rabbits around the rim. It is in mint condition. There are no chips or cracks.