This Japanese antique Hirado 平戸 porcelain blue and white calligraphy opem work brush pot was made about years ago dating to the early Meiji period of 1868-1912. It is a lovely handmade underglaze blue on white porcelain piece. The porcelain is formed and tooled into an openwork piece with a lovely decoration of flowers that look like daisies, with thin-lined free formed underglaze blue designs in between. It is on the side of being a heavy porcelain piece.
Shodo 書道 or calligraphy is one of the most popular fine arts of Japan. Much information can be found about it on the internet. It is popular all over the world. This brush pot could be used for holding other items besides brushes, but this is its main intention and why it was made. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and has minimal surface wear. I just had a great idea for a brush pot collection that involves my bathroom counter and many brush pots and make-up brushes and nothing but Hirado and other lovely Japanese pottery and porcelains, although I do not wear so much these days. I need to confirm I choose the correct measurements when I wrote them down here as this seems like one of the taller ones and I dont remember, please remind me if you are interested in this piece and I still have this comment here.The taller ones are about 5 inches high, pretty sure this one is too.
SIZE: Height 3.7 inches or 9.39 cm, Width 1.9 inches or 4.82 cm by 2.0 inches or 5.08 cm, Weight 130 gram or about 3/10th of a lb.
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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