A Japanese Arita- 深川 Fukagawa Porcelain Vase. This is a very nicely and uniquely shaped Fukagawa vase, with eight equal width sides of an octagon. It is probably about 20-30 years old. Very fine Fukagawa white porcelain, still hand painted; is done in lovely flowers of bright reds, blues, green and gold, shaded, highlighted and painted in a fashion that always reminds me of a painting. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. It may have some age wear from use but I didnt notice any. Please excuse the shadows in the pictures.
SIZE: Height" 8" or 20.32 cm, Each of the octagon sides is 2 1/2" or 6.35 wide, so it is a wide vase.
Fukagawa 深川 Japan
The following are translated excerpts from the current day Fukagawa, most known as Fukagawa-seiji 深川-誠司 Japan.
Fukagawa is a family, a brand name, a place and nowadays a porcelain factory in the Arita region. Its history goes back to the seventeenth century. Fukagawa is thus a part but not all of Arita. Its history starts with Ezaiemon Fukagawa who in 1856 became head of his family's porcelain business and in 1875 founded Koransha the Company of the Scented Orchid in Arita, Japan, to produce tableware for export. In 1894 the modern Fukagawa Company was founded by Chuji Fukagawa, with the Fukagawa trademark of Mount Fuji and a stream, as its trademark. In the Paris International Exposition in 1900 Chuji Fukagawa won the medaille d'or with a large Flower Vase. Among many famous artists Kinsaku Ide, shape designer, and the sculptor Toshi Ninomiya could be noted as having taken part in producing the Paris Expo 1900 prize-winning vase.
In Arita, the birthplace of Japanese porcelain, the pottery Fukagawa-seiji has approximate 120 years history and has been sticking to hand techniques for all porcelain productions. The almost transparent white porcelain produced by only being baked at high temperature and unique design fascinate porcelain lovers all over the world.
Fukagawa-seiji was appointed as Japanese Imperial Household Agency with high evaluation, not only Japan but also Europe. The Fukagawa Company has served as the purveyor for the Japanese Imperial Household since 1910 and only produces what we mean by white true high-temperature porcelain. Many suitable items are assorted as a souvenir. Fukagawa is a family, a brand name, a place and nowadays a porcelain factory in the Arita region. Its history goes back to the seventeenth century. Fukagawa is thus a part but not all of Arita. At one time Koransha was part of the Fukagawa Company which has now branched off into their own company, see their gallery for similar historical pieces.
Imari is the European name given to porcelains made in the beautiful city of Arita known as the birthplace of Japanese porcelain. The current day Fukagawa Manufacturing Company is located in Tokyo. Gotheborg about Fukagawa. Similarities in style with Hirado can be seen in some of the early late Meiji period Fukagawa pieces, but the Iro- Nabeshima style decoration in enamels such as the Ko-Imari style is more common.
Translated in excerpts from the current day Fukagawa site history, see more there.
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