This Japanese antique blue and white set of five plates by Great Zengoro Eiraku 永楽 was made about 100 years ago during the Meiji period of 1868-1912.. So, most likely were made by or under the direction of Eiraku XIV or XV, see more history below. They are hand made, and hand decorated in underglaze blue. The decoration shows a man by a tree on shore and a man in a boat, or decoration of 'jinbutsu' or human figures. The plates are beautiful still, both the white 'jiki' or porcelain and the underglaze blue color. The back is signed 'Dai nippon' or 'Great Japan' on the right hand side, and 'Zengoro Eiraku, made by' on the left. We could not fit all the pictures but we did as many as we could. There are just too small rim chips on two plates. Otherwise, they are in very good condition.
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Size: Diameter 6.0 inches or 15.3 cm, Height 1.0 or 2.54 cm
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Great Zengoro Eiraku 永楽
Zengoro Eiraku is best known as one of the Senke- Jisshoku. These are the ten specialists who make the tea utensils for the tea school named Senke in Japan and he is one of them. The lineage of Zengoro Eiraku is a very famous and great Japanese potter since the 1700's and it is an inherited name in a long line of a family of potters, and the lineage of a great Kyoto potters since the Edo period. Based on the age of the bowl and time period, this would have been made by either Zengoro Eiraku XIV or XV Updated information with more to share; but the seller and I did not discuss. Before and after that time period, the lineage of the most prestigious Kyoto potters as noted in an article by the Japan Times were: Zengoro Eiraku XIV 1852-1927, XV 1880-1932 and XVI 1917-1998. The Eiraku family one of the most important and historically significant family of potters in Kyoto, more history updates to come.
Eiraku Zengoro Wazen 永楽 善五郎和全
This potter family goes back around 1540 in Nara where a potter named Nishimura Soin and usually called Zengoro was quite famous. Before talking about Eiraku Wazen the 12th generation of potter, it is very important to describe the activities of his father Zengoro Hozen 保全 1795-1854 the 11th who has mastered the secret of the porcelain of the Ming Dynasty. He was extremely good at several techniques such as blue and white sometsuke, under the glaze porcelains copies of Chinese Kochi and also Kinrande which is a gold decoration on red ground. He was also good at copies of Celadon and Korean wares. He is known as the first Japanese to master the technique of Kinrande. He is also the first Zengoro to be named Eiraku. He devoted the end of his life and most of his fortune in trying to improve the technique of porcelain. At that time he instructed his son Wazen and transferred the family business to him. He died in 1854. Zengoro the 12th is born in 1823, and inherited his father business in Kyoto in 1853. He adopted the name Eiraku during Meiji period. Wazen was excellent both at painting and at calligraphy but he inherited a business which had some financial problems due to his father research in perfecting his art.
In 1860, Maeda Toshika the 14th Lord of Daishoji established the Bussan Office a sort of Chamber of Commerce, in order to expand the local business. At the same times he bought the Miyamoto kiln which had been closed few years ago and renamed it Kutanihon. But the result was not very good and Lord Maeda decided in 1862 to invite Eiraku Wazen 永楽 和全 the 12th from Kyoto. But it took some time, and Wazen 和全 came to Yamashiro village with his brother in law called Nishimura Sozaburo only in 1866.
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