What are all the characters in this calligraphy? Overall, what does it mean?

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as per the accepted answer, just wanted to share the complete porcelain set I have. It is kind of cool:

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    You got only that as a gift? That is strange. See: page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/207069912
    – user4032
    Feb 17, 2016 at 14:25
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    @l'électeur yes! I have the figurines as well! Now, I know who gave me that wooden sign! And, only a 1000 yen going away present... ouch.
    – konishiki
    Feb 17, 2016 at 14:35

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It says 「[陶]{とう}びな [元光作]{げんこうさく}」.

That means "Ceramic Hina Dolls Produced by Genkou"

The ひ-to-び change is by rendaku.

In case anyone is unfamiliar with Hina-Matsuri, Wiki has it.

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