This Japanese Antique Hirado 平戸市 Porcelain Bowls come in a set of five. They are a little over 100 years old, therefore dating to the late or just after the Meiji period, the period which dated from 1868 to 1912. They are handmade and formed into a nice shape from the finest Hirado porcelain. They are painted in the traditional and well known underglaze blue of Hirado. The bowls are bordered in randomly set designs of arabesque, the wave pattern, and a combination of arabesque and pine leaves, each offset decorative border then bordered themselves. The motif of sansui, which is the word for varying landscape designs is painted, in this case so simple yet beautiful a tree with mountains in the background. We purchased them from a Japanese estate auction. They are in very good antique condition with no cracks or chips and with some flea bites, minimal surface wear. We are limited here in the number of pictures we can share but are happy to unpack and take more of each should you be the serious interested buyer. We did not get the signature information, so will look through our book to see if we can match up, I am a bit forgetful so if you need the information sooner than later please message me through the store.
SIZE each : Width 4.4" or 11.17 cm; Length 4.2" or 10.66 cm; Height 2" or 5.08 cm
Hirado was an important kiln in the history of Japanese ceramics and its widely varied wares rank among the finest made and considered by many as the finest in the world in the 1780-1870s, others cut the end of that period earlier, to around 1840, or the time of the first Opium war in China. Hirado porcelains are characterized by its pure white body and clear glaze, often adorned with fine painting in underglaze blue. Some pieces are embellished with brown glaze. Others, more rarely, are covered with a fine celadon glaze. While Japanese scholars often technically refer to this material as Mikawachi ware, the popular term in both Japan and the West is Hirado ware. Japanese porcelain with figure and landscape painting in blue on a white body, often depicting boys at play, made exclusively for the Lords of Hirado, near Arita, in the mid 18th to mid 19th centuries.
Hirado is the pottery of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan and It is traditional Japanese pottery. Hirado is a city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Hirado was made as pottery for an offering a Daimyo prior to the Meji period, Therefore, the use of Hirado in Japan has a high social status to this day, for those wares. This is one of the areas I had the opportunity to live as a child, at the time in the 1960's we simply knew it was, Nagasaki the city. It was in this area that the Hirado kilns were first born, and are now closed. While the kilns closed early in the 20th century, Hirado type wares are still made and fall under the Arita umbrella.
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