This signed Japanese antique Arita Mikawachi Hirado 平戸 porcelain sometsuke lobed dish dates to theEdo period thanks to some help from smarter people than I. It is made by the famous Kasho or Kashou kiln. It is fine. While Hirado Kasho is still around today, they have been around since at least the 19th century. The reason, the signature on the back is an attribution to an old piece, a very fine one at that. The signature is '嘉祥 Kashou, as in the era, 848-851'. According to Robbie Di Leonardo who also helped us with the signature on the back, 'probably a scene from that era is depicted'. Two Chinese men float down a river fishing, one is paddling one is pulling a small net. The banks are lush and the setting gorgeous. The borders are incredible, as is the decoration on the back.
We have some research to do to catch up with this one, as well as for the four cartouches pne says Edo period, But, this is a Japanese Hirado dish. Again, it is fine. Of course, it is handmade. It is decorated in underglaze and overglaze blue, or sometsuke. It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We are careful to check incoming items for any unusual smells. Again please let us know if you have any questions. This is a purchase from a collector in the U.S.
Size: Diameter 6 ½ inches or 16.51 cm, Width 5 ¾ inches or 12.7 cm
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Arita Mikawachi Hirado 平戸
I previously had the opportunity to find and meet the people at the Kasho- gama on Facebook. As always, we were both excited to meet across the Pacific ocean. This is the third item we have had from their kiln. The Kasho gama is an Arita kiln which is also listed as part of the Mikawachi Hirado kilns now falling under 'Arita' grouped kilns. 'Even though as I understand, they are still located in Nagasaki or the Mikawachi area.
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.
The craft is now headed by 14 government recognized Master Craftsmen among the 240 employed by the 35 firms maintaining a craft of class. See our 15th Moemon pieces for more details about the other kilns. Of interest, many of the Masters of these kilns are either direct descendant of, took the name of one of the first founders of Hirado, the very first Moemon Nakazato from 400 years ago and the older history which we are not sharing here
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