A Japanese Vintage Large Porcelain Plate with Raised Enamels, creating the flowing of Ododome Waterfall at Mt. Fuji Scene. Several of us have studied this gorgeous porcelain plate of a Mt. Fuji Scene, and cannot decide what maker it is. Closest possibility, could be Imari or Arita same thing. Since it is so unusual and not marked, we do not know who made it or the age but in my opinion an Imari piece. It is a fine and very well made piece with talented work. The porcelain is blue underglaze, with over glazed enamel hand painting on a heavily decorated piece is highlighted by raised and thick enamels. The scene as we found out, is that of the Ododome Waterfall at Mount Fuji See more below. Boats float about on the water, birds fly about the falls. This design is also called Sansui, which is the scenery of mountain & water, a landscape or a seascape, sometimes with a house and a figure. As a friend described, it seems the artist took some artistic freedom using numerous examples from the Fuji series by artists Hokusai and Hiroshige Meiji period. This is a striking porcelain piece of many bright enamels layer on layer creating a near lifelike scene and waterfall. It has a small foot, and there is some wear to the foot, but no cracks or chips. After further comparison dating to the late 19th century Meiji period. Please see our other Mt Fuji plates Somehow and unplanned, several we have had stored all said it was their turn for pictures and congregated together behind my back.
SIZE: Diameter 9 inches or 22.86 cm, Height 1 1/2 inch or 3.81 cm
The Ododome Falls at Mt. Fuji We have now collected two pages of information about Ododome Waterfalls, with the gracious and kind help of Yoshio Kusaba. I need to edit the information I was given and share. We also have quite the collection of pictures, and a youtube video! This includes several links, which we will add to the favorite links on our homepage, for those of you that like to know the history!
There is a discussion on WIki, about what is also called the Shiraito no taki falls, which is in Shizuoka Prefecture. We will add this to our favorite links. Most of the information we have is in the form of links and photographs, which cannot be added to this post. I am preparing a document for the purchaser of this plate, to share the history and background of the beautiful scenery, as well as what it looks like today. I did add one historic picture, at the end of the Ododome Falls at Mt, Fuji. A better less pixelated picture can be found in the file we prepared.
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