A very unusual Japanese vintage Koransha porcelain vase. I It is made of high quality and the very well known Koransha porcelain of Japan. Please See more below. lt is marked on the bottom with the Koransha orchid hallmark. We do see unusual motifs and decor from Koransha from time to time. Always very creative. This one is simply decorated, with what appears to be a rust-red flower with a yellow moriaged center on a bed of blue-grey leaves with moriaged black pollen floating about. It most looks like a sea urchin flower; but even more so it reminds me of the picture of a cell we see in biology class with the nuclei center. So, it may be the artist rendition of the reproductive pollinating cycle to combine those two visuals in one! Or I just have a wild imagination and do not know what type of flower it is but most likely represents a sea urchin or water flower. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and a nice medium size vase. Because it is only marked with the Koransha orchid, most likely it dates to the early 20th century, between 1900 and 1920. See our other antique and vintage Koransha, and more below about Koransha. All of our antique porcelain and pottery is listed under the Category Porcelain and Pottery, then antiques.
SIZE: Approximately 7" tall or 17.78 cm, about 3 1/2 diameter or 7.62 cm at widest
香蘭社 Koransha- The old and the new
Koransha porcelain is known in the world as a manufacturer of fine arts of ceramics known as Arita (Imari) Ware. Historically, Koransha evolved as part of the Fukagawa company. Koransha was started by the 8th Eizaemon Fukagawa in 1875. Koransha is now a separate company located in Arita, Japan. Having won many prizes for it's unique and beautiful porcelains both before and since the split, the complete 350 year history of Koransha can be seen on their current company website. Most of the antique Koransha we see now is from the Japanese Meiji Period (late 19th century), Workmanship is always very fine and detailed often Nabeshima- like because of the closeness of Nabeshima and Hirado kilns and the previous works of both sometimes made at Hirado kilns.
Fukagawa and its previous Koransha branch had achieved supremacy in porcelain-making operations at the old imperial kilns of the Duke of Hirado at Mikawachi by the mid-19th century. Hirado wares with over glaze polychrome decoration and the gilt Koransha mark are illustrated in 'Hirado Prince of Porcelains' by Louis Lawrence. As the Meiji period progressed, the fragrant orchid mark in over glaze red and later underglaze blue was used as the logo on more common export wares of the Koransha group.
Early Meiji-period that painted Fukagawa porcelain as well as other products of the Mikawachi kilns that were exported as Hirado wares. The distinction between Fukagawa and Hirado tends to blur after the start of the Meiji era, when greater attention started to focus on exports.
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