This Japanese Antique Edo Famous Hirado Porcelain Suiteki or Calligraphy Waterpot is 150 years old dating to the late Edo period which ended at the beginning of the Meiji period in 1868. A suiteki is a water dropper used to pour water on the ink stone for calligraphy. Even with its flaws of age and use, it is a wonderful rare piece of a Hirado suiteki with a foo dog motif. A handmade hand formed piece is decorated in underglaze blues, with the foo dog in brown overglaze enamels, the color combination also one less found. It has a spider vein crack on one of the small ends, it has a kintsugi repair in real silver on the spout, which is the spot that usually gets the most wear and may just be for reinforcement. Otherwise and of interest, it has no chips or cracks, so it looks like it was used by a serious calligrapher with strong hands. Since water does not leak, it can still be used for calligraphy, if not just a great old collectors item. A Hirado porcelain suiteki of the Edo period with great character. Please feel free to make us an offer.
SIZE : Width 2.4 inches or 6.09 cm, Length 1.7 inches or 4.31 cm, Height 0.9 inches or 2.28 cm. Weight 50 grams
Hirado was an important kiln in the history of Japanese ceramics and its widely varied wares rank among the finest made and considered by many as the finest in the world in the 1780-1870s, others cut the end of that period earlier, to around 1840, or the time of the first Opium war in China.
Hirado porcelains are characterized by its pure white body and clear glaze, often adorned with fine painting in underglaze blue. Some pieces are embellished with brown glaze. Others, more rarely, are covered with a fine celadon glaze. While Japanese scholars often technically refer to this material as Mikawachi ware, the popular term in both Japan and the West is Hirado ware. Japanese porcelain with figure and landscape painting in blue on a white body, often depicting boys at play, made exclusively for the Lords of Hirado, near Arita, in the mid 18th to mid 19th centuries.
Hirado is the pottery of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan and It is traditional Japanese pottery. Hirado is a city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Hirado was made as pottery for an offering a Daimyo prior to the Meiji period, Therefore, the use of Hirado in Japan has a high social status to this day, for those wares thThis is one of the areas I had the opportunity to live as a child, at the time in the 1960's we simply knew it was, Nagasaki the city. It was in this area that the Hirado kilns were first born, and are now closed. While the kilns closed early in the 20th century, Hirado type wares are still made by highly skilled potters only with oversight by a Master Potter, most often one who is well known.
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