"Saotome work of a design of Kiku bloom and leaves. A very original version of this classical Saotome and Umetada design.
Signed: 'SAOTOME IETOSHI', H01819.0. Seems to have worked at Hitachi about 1700. Since Wakayama does not list this name we do not know his relationship to other Saotome of his period. We do know that this style of design was used by other Saotome of his period and he was as fine of artist as other members of the Saotome school. A very rare Saotome example and very important for the signature." (Haynes)