This fine antique Japanese Hirado 平戸 shell shaped plate is signed 'Zuishou-do' or 'made by Zuishou'. Stylized In the shape of a shell, it is handmade and very finely hand painted. It was made and signed by the Hirado potter, Zuishou. It is decorated in underglaze blue with delicately painted birds and flowers. A bird floats on an egg in a nest of clouds. This Hirado piece is from the last Meiji period of 1868-1912. It is in excellent antique condition, with one small hairline scratch, it is only a scratch and not a crack or a chip.
SIZE: Width 6" or 15 cm, Top to bottom 5" or 12.5 cm
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About Hirado 平戸 Ware
The origins of Hirado ware also known as Mikawachi ware dates back to the building of a kiln by Korean potters that were brought back to the 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 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 till alive today. This ware is characterized by its 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.
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