This signed vintage Koransha porcelain vase is one of the finest newer Koransha vases I have seen. It is gorgeous. But then, I have a weakness for lapus lazuli glazes. The combination of decoration with gold and silver on lapus lazuli is absolutely stunning. It is a fine piece made of the famous high-quality Koransha porcelain. It has an elegant octaganol shape. Each side has a dominant maru-mon or circular picture, with other maru-mons about. It is just really rich looking. The drawings are extremely abstract.
This work of art or 'saku' is hand drawn and hand painted over the lapis lazuli glaze in over- glaze enamels of silver with very fine lines and great detail. The first design which is almost all silver appears to be a tiger dragon in the woods, the main part of the dragon is in one circle and its tail in another. The other designs include a group of trees, a home in the mountains, a celebratory floral kimono style decoration, a foo dog, and two carp jumping upstream. The glaze is made with lapis lazuli and iron and I was surprised to learn that lapis lazuli glaze is actually made with crushed lapus for adding color to the glaze, when I was watching 'Ceramic Treasures' on the NHK channel from Japan. This vase was made about 20- 30 years ago. It is still in the original box but stand is not included. Both the vase and box are in excellent condition. The seal of the Koransha porcelain is signed on the bottom of the vase.
They did not leave anything out on this one. We had to leave out a picture or two but you can find them on the Facebook post dated January 13. Koransha porcelain is known in the world as a manufacturer of fine arts of ceramics also known as Arita-yaki. Koransha was started by the 8th Eizaemon Fukagawa in 1875. Koransha is now located in Arita. You can visit their current company website on the internet and on Facebook!
SIZE: Height 9.4" or 23.87 cm, Diameter 4.6" or 11.68 cm, Weight 1200 grams
Koransha 香蘭社 - The old and the new
Koransha porcelain is known in the world as a manufacturer of fine arts of ceramics known as Arita (Imari) Ware. Historically, Koransha evolved as part of the Fukagawa company. Koransha was started by the 8th Eizaemon Fukagawa in 1875. Koransha is now a separate company located in Arita, Japan. Having won many prizes for it's unique and beautiful porcelains both before and since the split, the complete 350 year history of Koransha can be seen on their current company website.
Most of the antique Koransha we see now is from the Japanese Meiji Period (late 19th century), Workmanship is always very fine and detailed often Nabeshima- like because of the closeness of Nabeshima and Hirado kilns and the previous works of both sometimes made at Hirado kilns.
Fukagawa and its previous Koransha branch had achieved supremacy in porcelain-making operations at the old imperial kilns of the Duke of Hirado at Mikawachi by the mid-19th century. Hirado wares with over glaze polychrome decoration and the gilt Koransha mark are illustrated in 'Hirado Prince of Porcelains' by Louis Lawrence. As the Meiji period progressed, the fragrant orchid mark in over glaze red and later underglaze blue was used as the logo on more common export wares of the Koransha group.
Early Meiji-period that painted Fukagawa porcelain as well as other products of the Mikawachi kilns that were exported as Hirado wares. The distinction between Fukagawa and Hirado tends to blur after the start of the Meiji era, when greater attention started to focus on exports.
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