Originally Posted by Full Canvas
Being relatively art ignorant as I am, I assumed our piece was a nineteenth century Japanese item. Maybe it is not? It simply means that I should some day get all of these things identified.
It could be both, from your description. I'm not an expert on Oriental porcelain, but the difference between the various periods and places is often more technical than aesthetic. Some types of these objects were made in the same way over periods of several hundred years. In addition, they're still salvaging thousands of pieces of (mainly) 18th century export porcelain from shipwrecks off Indonesia. These are antiques that there's actually surfacing more and more of, - which is a big part of why prices for export porcelain have fallen quite dramatically over the past ten years or so. Only the top, top pieces have maintained their market prices.