This Japanese Antique Blue and White Vase by Famous Hirado is a simple style of, yet absolutely gorgeous Hirado works. It just pre-dates from late Edo to Meiji period around 1868.. it is all hand made and hand painted and glazzed The underglaze called ' jiki' for porcelain is more evident on this vase than many I have seen. You can see through it in layers like a prism, It shows very detailed scrolling work of the porcelain underneath the glaze and very unusual. Each scene on the vase on each of the four sides is different and of beautiful Japanese scenery called ;sansui which includes scenery of mountain & water landscape. The many small brush stroke creates more detail. Each scene is different and each panel of a scene is bordered in a wide blue border. This vase was a U.S. purchase from an auction from a great collector and Hirado specialist. It is in very good condition. The top has a brown rim which slightly bleeds to the side, that is not a stain. There are not any cracks or chips, there are some old flea bites and spots but they are clean, please see the pictures. There may be a general surface wear due to age. It is a gorgeous, intricately designed piece with scrolling designs under the glaze and a unique Hirado vase,
SIZE: Height 5 7/8" Width each side, 2 3/8" Corner to Corner 3" IN cm: Height 14.90 cm, Width each side, 6.01 cm Corner to Corner 7.62
About Hirado 平戸 Ware
The origins of Hirado ware 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, now operating under the Arita ware family. 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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