-Antique Japanese 瀬戸 Seto set of small blue and white Porcelain tea plates with Kiku or the chrysanthemum, so very beautiful. They are over 100 years old, dating to the Meiji period of 1868-1912, or possibly earlier. They are delicately hand made, tool molded and hand painted in underglaze blue. Inside each is the Imperial Seal of Japan or the 18 point chrysanthemum . During the Meiji period different shrines and members of the Imperial family used a modified version of the seal. The plates have intricate circular patterns that almost resemble a paisley surround each, and with alternating circles of blue and white, the old traditional Seto ware colors. The patterns around the border in blue is the design called 'Tako Karakusa' or the octopus vine design. They are decorated with nice low relief detail and intricately painted in underglaze blue. There is a small upward curve to the edge of the plate. They are not marked or signed. They are in very good condition no cracks or chips, with some minor age wear mostly on the bottoms, a few kiln marks. They are the size that make good sauce, dipping or butter plates. In the fashion tradition of mix and match, the colors go with just about anything. Gorgeous. They would also make a great set of decorative plates.
Size: Diameter 3.7"or 9.5 cm, Height 1.0" or 2.5 cm
瀬戸 Seto Ware of the Aichi prefecture of Japan
Seto ware refers to a type of Japanese pottery, stoneware, and ceramics produced in and around the village of Seto in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The Japanese term for it, setomono, is also used as a generic term for all pottery.Seto was the location of one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan
Pottery made in Seto dates back to the 13th century. Katō Shirōzaemon is credited as the first to produce wares in the town. In the 1220s he studied the art of pottery in China. After several failed attempts in various Japanese towns, Shirōzaemon founded a successful kiln at Seto. Other potters followed thereafter and Seto became a renowned center for ceramic production.
During the Kamakura period, wares produced in Seto imitated the pottery of the Song Dynasty in China. Later, in the Muromachi period during 1337–1573; Seto glazes were refined and the styles developed there spread to other areas in Japan such as modern Gifu Prefecture.
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