A Japanese Antique Hirado Porcelain Set of Five Dishes which dates to the Meiji period of 1868-1912. This is a gorgeous set of Hirado porcelain in near excellent condition about the size of salad plates or would make a very nice decorative set. There are more pictures as close ups available which of course can also be done with your computer. Hirado as one of the most well known and popular ceramics of Japan well known to other countries mostly since the Meiji period, are well hand made. They are hand decorated- drawn and painted in sometsuke or underglaze blue and overglaze enamels. The painting on these are perfect- of stylized chrysanthemum and leaf vine up against a wooden bamboo fence. The back rim is decorated with the popular octopus vine, an arabesque pattern called 'Tako Karakusa' in Japanese. The chrysanthemum one is called 'karakusa kiku-hana karakusa'. The style of this Tako Karakusa could date it to the 18th or 19th century. In excellent condition, no cracks or chips.
Sizes: Diameter 6.6 inches or 16.8 cm, Height 1.3 inches or 3.2 cm
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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