This signed vintage Koransha porcelain vase is decorated with gorgeous deep bluish-purple Japanese bell flowers. It is a fine piece of the famous high quality Koransha porcelain, with beautiful hand painted blue bell flowers on white porcelain. Koransha is still handmade and hand painted to this day. This vase was made about 30 years ago. The seal of the Koransha porcelain is stamped on the bottom of the vase. Koransha porcelain is known in the world as a manufacturer of fine arts of ceramics known as Arita(Imari) Ware. Koransha was started by the 8th Eizaemon Fukagawa in 1875. Koransha is now located in Arita. You can visit their current company website on the internet and on Facebook!
SIZE: Height 9.6" or 24.3 cm, Diameter 4.2" or 10.7 cm
香蘭社 Koransha- The old and the new
Koransha porcelain is known in the world as a manufacturer of fine arts of ceramics known as Arita (Imari) Ware. Historically, Koransha evolved as part of the Fukagawa company. Koransha was started by the 8th Eizaemon Fukagawa in 1875. Koransha is now a separate company located in Arita, Japan. Having won many prizes for it's unique and beautiful porcelains both before and since the split, the complete 350 year history of Koransha can be seen on their current company website.
Most of the antique Koransha we see now is from the Japanese Meiji Period (late 19th century), Workmanship is always very fine and detailed often Nabeshima- like because of the closeness of Nabeshima and Hirado kilns and the previous works of both sometimes made at Hirado kilns.
Fukagawa and its previous Koransha branch had achieved supremacy in porcelain-making operations at the old imperial kilns of the Duke of Hirado at Mikawachi by the mid-19th century. Hirado wares with over glaze polychrome decoration and the gilt Koransha mark are illustrated in 'Hirado Prince of Porcelains' by Louis Lawrence. As the Meiji period progressed, the fragrant orchid mark in over glaze red and later underglaze blue was used as the logo on more common export wares of the Koransha group.
Early Meiji-period that painted Fukagawa porcelain as well as other products of the Mikawachi kilns that were exported as Hirado wares. The distinction between Fukagawa and Hirado tends to blur after the start of the Meiji era, when greater attention started to focus on exports.
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