This fine Japanese Meiji antique Hirado porcelain sweet meat dish probably dates towards the end of the Meiji period of 1868-1912, is it in most excellent condition and heavier porcelain than we have had in our collection. In face it is one of the nicer pieces like the bucket we just posted and does no look like made for export which was made in high volume. This was a purchase from the U.K. I believe. White it is unsigned, our group including, thank you Sandra Andacht Simon agrees it is Hirado as in her fine porcelain bucket, which is also a heavier piece. Of course, it is handmade. It has a nice tall kodai or foor with good shape, the plate itself is in fine form. It is not crooked, I just did not want to hurt it on the stand. It is decorated in underglaze blue with flowers floating on a river or pond in the water ripples. It is decorated with the popular well-known Hirado chrysanthemum on each end. Of interest, the petals are appear to have the typical loss of some tips, but they almost seem to be made this way because they are so much thicker than the other Hirado we have had. And, they seem to be made that way on purpose but I this is typical antique Hirado wear on Hirado ware. A very fine Hirado platter in nice design and form, no doubt made by an expert although not signed. Lots of compliments on this one!
SIZE: Approximately: Length 8 1/2 inches or 21.59 cm, Width 7 1/4 inches or 18.41 cm, Height 2 1/8 inches or 5.53 cm.
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. Now, the kilns are open under the name Arita Mikawachi Hirado 三川内 平戸市, most are in the same old kilns.
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