This Japanese antique Hirado 平戸 porcelain pair of plates are over 100 years old dating to the Meiji period of 1868-1912. Hirado ware or Hirado-yaki is one of the most popular and fine Japanese porcelains around the word. They are famous for the sometsuke works or underglaze blue palette in addition to the overglaze enamels. In addition, to being handmade by a Hirado specialist, these plates are hand decorated with much detail by a very skilled artist, painted in the center in underglaze, and on the wide border in enamels. The picture portrays a Chinese man on the porch of his lovely home over the water, clouds, and a singled flower arabesque on the left. This is surrounded in a lovely cherry blossom border. Japanese artists often use Chinese people and motif to decorate porcelains and pottery with, and many of Japans ceramics took after or built upon the historical Chinese wares. They are signed on the back by the artist with one of the old Hirado marks. There are no chips or cracks, there may be some general surface wear. A lovely pair of Hirado porcelain plates would make a lovely decorative item.
Size: Diameter 7.1 inches or 18 cm, Height 1.2 inches or 3 cm. Weight 500 grams or one lbs.
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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