A wonderful old Japanese antique 19th century Seto Ware pottery Plate is decorated with the favorite Mt. Fuji-san scene. Old Seto pottery is not one we see often in these colors of blue and gray, we do not know what part of the 19th century it is from. It is a wonderful decoration of Mt. Fuji-san as it is affectionately called in Japan, and of a surrounding scene from where the very talented potter drew the art of this plate. It has a lot of character. It is in very good condition with no cracks or chips. I think it is very old because the extra glaze they put on the bottom to protect it has worn off in a spot, but the front is absolutely fine. There is a check mark on the bottom rim which is the old 'potters slash mark" as I have been told by several antique dealers, in the 19th century when they were well-known potters did not want to sign their pieces because they did not want the Daimyo to buy them. There is an original small dent spot on the foot of the bottom, which occurred at the time it was made then in the kiln. Just a great, old Seto ware plate.
Size: Diameter 9.4 inches or about 24.0 cm, Height 1.6 inches or 4.0 cm
Seto Ware 瀬戸 of the Aichi prefecture of Japan
Seto ware refers to a type of Japanese pottery, stoneware, and ceramics produced in and around the village of Seto in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The Japanese term for it, setomono, is also used as a generic term for all pottery.Seto was the location of one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan
Pottery made in Seto dates back to the 13th century. Katō Shirōzaemon is credited as the first to produce wares in the town. In the 1220s he studied the art of pottery in China. After several failed attempts in various Japanese towns, Shirōzaemon founded a successful kiln at Seto. Other potters followed thereafter and Seto became a renowned center for ceramic production.
During the Kamakura period, wares produced in Seto imitated the pottery of the Song Dynasty in China. Later, in the Muromachi period of 1337–1573, Seto glazes were refined and the styles developed there spread to other areas in Japan such as modern Gifu Prefecture.
Now, since the 20th century Seto is grouped under Mino ware.
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