A precious small piece of Hirado porcelain of a small roundish handled bucket, Meiji period made (1868-1912). Butterflies are painted on the raised ends of the handles on the sides, with layers of applied chrysanthemums and leaves on the other sides. There are a few petals missing to the chrysanthemums on each side. But the layers of applied petals make up for it. The double handle is slightly twisted, a neat look. There is hand painting of foliage along the bottom. Other than the petals and a few marks on the bottom this piece is in very good antique condition and has no cracks or chips. There are some age flea bites/ small dark spots on bottom. I took new pictures to show this piece is white and not yellow but forgot the close ups! That is an exposure issue.
SIZE: Height 3 7/8 " or 9.8 cms, Width L to R 2 5/8" or 6.7 cms, Weight 4.8 oz or 136 grams
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 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. 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. Please see our other antique and vintage Hirado items.
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