A Japanese Antique Hirado Porcelain Coffee or Chocolate Pot made during the Meiji period of 1868-1912. A beautiful piece of Hirado in sometsuke underglaze blue. The fine white Hirado porcelain which turns with just the hint of yellow. It was handmade by a Hirado porcelain artist or crafts person. It is decorated with the many traditional sceneries of blue on white karako and butterfly, scholars and wise men, and grasses in the yards. It is in excellent condition with just a few chips on the inside rim that cannot be seen. It does hold water without leaking and could be used as a tea, coffee or chocolate pot. It is an appropriate size for this.
Size: Height 8.3 inches or 21cm, Diameter 5.1 inches or 13cm. Weight 1030 grams or 2 lbs 4 oz
About Hirado 平戸 Ware
The origins of Hirado ware (it's also called "Mikawachi ware") date back to the building of a kiln by Korean potters that were brought back to this area of Kyushu by landowners who had taken part in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's campaign to the Korean Peninsular at the end of the 16th century. The kiln here was used to fire porcelain for the Hirado clan up to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. As well as running the kiln, the Hirado clan was responsible for finding porcelain clay at nearby Amakusa and for the rapid development of skills and techniques, which are still alive today.
This ware is characterized by it's over painting of cobalt on a white porcelain. Ever since the kiln was first fired, pieces were sent as tributes to both the court and warrior families and as a consequence, this china is of the highest quality, whether it be for everyday use or a special decorative item. The degree of care to produce items of such beauty and the delicacy of the work are part of its well-established reputation. A great deal of tableware is being produced for use at some of Japan's finest restaurants. Items for use at the tea ceremony are also being made along with incense burner, sake flasks, and vases. All are of the highest quality.
The craft is now headed by 14 government recognized Master Craftsmen among the 240 employed by the 35 firms maintaining a craft of class. So much more information is available on the internet and in a few good books.. See the links on our homepage under "Favorites".
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