This Japanese Antique Imari Porcelain Plate by the great Aoki Family Kiln is either a late 19th century or early 20th century Meiji period piece, and as seen by the one stilt mark. There is an article regarding dating and stilt marks in our 'Favorites' on our homepage for those who would like to review as there are some listed as mid-century on another site but this is not that age and it is possible their information is incorrect. This is the first colorful above two color plate we have had by the Aoki family kiln, it is just gorgeous, with a fine scalloped rim. 膾 Namasu refers to the size of everyday ware, this is small portion or a size plate size. It is handmade and handpainted in both underglaze and overglaze enamels with a fine red background, and blues and greens with lots and lots of gold in many traditional Japanese designs. A fine piece in excellent shape with no cracks, chips or repairs, just some gilt ware to the rim. It is signed on the back next to the stilt mark with the old Aoki mark,
SIZE: Diameter 6.5 inches or 16.19 cm
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The 青 Aoki Family Kiln and Important Hizen History
This vase is steeped in a long and very important history of that from the original old part of the Hizen province and the Aoki Family Kiln, a historical and very important Japanese Hizen kiln. When first opened in the early 1800's it was the Hokaoyama kiln. I have since met and learned more from one of two great, great - grandsons who I had the fortune to meet - Aoki Kiyotaka, or 青木清 is now head of his kiln, 青木龍山清高工房窯, or the Aoki Ryuzan Kobou Gama. Kiln. There is also another kiln owned by the great grandson. Aoki Kiyotaka's father. When I met my first pieces of signed and gorgeous somestuke blue and white porcelain plates from the Aoki family kiln, I first received direction and interpretation by several knowledgeable people with more experience than I in Japanese porcelains. Taking this interpreted information, I was able to track down and meet the plate's maker's great great grandson, Kiyotaka Aoki. I sent him a picture of the set and he informed me that his great great grandfather made this set of plates during the Meiji period and made for export, and exported at the beginning of the Taisho period. I also learned the difference in the two marks- the first set of plates we had, and the red one such as the one on this vase. The red mark can be found on pieces not originally intended for export, whereas those with the signed blue kanji used on ‘made for export’ pieces. He said;
‘From Meiji, this dish is intended for export that my great great-grandfather made Taisho beginning. In addition, the product of a hill inscription of blue is also Aoki made in the box. Is for export, this is also such of fairly large dish is caliber. I am glad if it is possible to introduce. In addition, there are detailed curator also in Kyushutojibunkakan of Arita’. He was speaking of his father, I now believe.
He was so surprised that he was now talking to someone in Texas US who owned them and he could tell me about his ancestors. His great, grandfather Teisho Aoki-kei 1863-1955 was also a very famous potter, as were their ancestors from the 1800's. It is now very rare to see porcelain with the red ‘Not for export’ mark. The Aoki Kiln closed after the turn of the century before they were reopened later by the two descendants. I have since found there is even more family history of potters dating back to the 1700's. If I am not mistaken, it can be found on Aoki san's site in the section on their family history. I have added a link to their current website in our Favorites Links on our homepage, as we watch what they have in store for us next in their modern works. Please see their history and also their current works.
Sadly, we found earlier this year that Aoki Kiyotaka passed away at a young age in 2015. He will be missed by many.