A Large Japanese Vintage Arita Mikawachi Hirado Porcelain Hajuki censer Shishi Lion Finial and Elephant Tripod Legs very highly decorated and detailed work. Of course, it is made of fine Hirado porcelain. There are many areas of impressions all the way around and on top for ventilation of the incense. The design around the base is very unique. It is heavier like the old style Imari. The shishi lion or foo dog finial adorns the top. Tripod elephant legs support it from the bottom. According to the seller from Japan, Hajuki refers to the style of censer; although I have not found more information about it- unless she meant Hazuki as in a form of meditation. Regardless, it is in very good condition. There is some age wear on the bottom and some uncleaned areas on the top. It is a very fine vintage age Hirado piece and not a small censer- it is a good size. There are no cracks just age wear and in overall good condition. The seller thought it was made in 1960's, so about 60 years old or so.
SIZE: Height 6.9" or 17,6 cm, Diameter 5.1" or 13 cm, Weight 592 grams unpacked or 1.30 pounds
A fine old Hirado vintage censer with a foo dog on top. It is made of the same old Hirado porcelain we have come to love however not the type made in high production for import during the Meiji period that is often much finer. I believe these newer age pieces were not specifically made for import, but with the idea in mind for more of use in Japan. The look is different. They are still Hirado and harder to find in the US or other countries for sale.
There is a link on our home page under Favorites to the Mikawachi Kilns that now fall under "Arita" owner or leadership but are still located in Nagasaki and still make Hirado porcelains.
the Hirado kiln of today:
Hirado kakushou Kiln is the place of about 15 minutes' drive from Sasebo Mikawachi interchange, Nagasaki. It is the formal kiln that lasts about 400 years whose ancestor wasNakazato, Moemon who established Hiradokakushou Kiln. The third son of the third generation Moemon changed his family name to "Satomi", and made an effort to develop his technique later on. But, when it changed Edo government to Meiji government, because of abolishing clan kiln system and also the preservation policy of Hirado clan, Hirado kakushou Kiln was forced to be independent. And the fifth generation Yonosuke changed a business name to Kakusho, and dedeicated to work Mikawachi Ware, up to the present. You can visit the exhibition room, the potter's wheel demonstration, and painting. They succeed to technique of "Seika" blue hand painting which is one of the most representative technique of Mikawachi Ware and work best pottery hard every day. About 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.
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