This unusual Japanese Contemporary Arita Hirado Mikawachi Ware Porcelain of a chakinto case with a carved mushroom bottom comes to us from a Japanese collector. A chakinto case is a tea ceremony item which holds the chakin or tea cloth. It is lovely Arita Hirado Mikiwachi mid-20th century fine white Hirado porcelain painted in underglaze blue with flowers with other lovely designs. It has a very unusual shaped bottom that looks like the bottom of a mushroom in brown. It sits on feet that look a little like seashells. It is signed with the Hirado name on the right, and on the left it says 'made this great yaki' or ware, so altogether which I compared to the marks in my Hirado book for some time, it says 'Hirado made this great yaki' , But, I am not going to try to get the kanji right because I still do not see how they came up with it in the Hirado plates in the book. This great piece is in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips, and very very unusual with the carved mushroom like brown glazed bottom. The use of brown on the 20th century pieces is even more rare than the older pieces, from what I can tell. An excellent Hirado aigned collector's item.
SIZE: Height: 2" or 5.08 cm, Width: 1.6" or cm
Hirado 平戸 Ware
The origins of now Arita Hirado Mikawachi ware or 有田平戸三川内陶器, date back to the building of a kiln by Korean potters that were brought back to this area of Kyushu by landowners who had taken part in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's campaign to the Korean Peninsular at the end of the 16th century. The kiln here was used to fire porcelain for the Hirado clan up to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. As well as running the kiln, the Hirado clan was responsible for finding porcelain clay at nearby Amakusa and for the rapid development of skills and techniques, which are till alive today.
This ware is characterized by its over painting of cobalt on a white porcelain. Ever since the kiln was first fired, pieces were sent as tributes to both the court and warrior families and as a consequence, this china is of the highest quality, whether it be for everyday use or a special decorative item. The degree of care to produce items of such beauty and the delicacy of the work are part of its well established reputation.
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