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This beautiful china dates to circa 1930s was made in Japan.
It's an example of what's called "Dragonware" (for obvious reasons) a pattern that has been around for hundreds of years in Japan and China, but became especially popular in the West from the 1920s - 1950s and the Japanese produced quite a bit of it.
The enameling on the raised relief dragon and elsewhere on the plate is an elaborate and hard-to-do decorative technique that the Japanese call moriage (pronounced "mori-ah-gay"). It's a process similar to icing a cake with a piping bag. The paste-like slip (liquid clay with color added) is squeezed through a tube.
The decorative squiggles in gray and black are stylized clouds, as the dragon in the far east is a friendly but powerful creature of the sky, usually chasing the heavenly 'pearl of wisdom', or the 'jewel that grants all desires' in the Buddhist tradition. Sometimes he holds the jewel in his hand or in his mouth and you may see that in the decoration on the teapot which is often a little more elaborate.
Around the border of the plate is a brocade pattern with half flowers and leaves which are actually stylized chrysanthemums known as kikumon.
The mark on the back is a two character kanji script mark that reads:
or Matsu shirami.
This is one of many Matsu porcelain decorators located in the Nagoya area of Japan, where most of this dragonware was produced.
As for value, these sets are not worth as much as they should be considering the workmanship. If you saw the teapot, saucers and plates for sale in an antique store, they would have a retail value of about $400 for all of them, or $40 per large plate, $10 per saucer and $175 for the teapot. This is also the replacement value for insurance purposes.
Expect to get about 40% of this if you were to sell at auction or on line.
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Please let me know if you would like any further explanation or expansion of any of the above, I would be glad to.
I do hope this helps!
Please let me know if you would like further assistance with this, I would be glad to.