A Japanese antique Hirado underglaze blue on fine white porcelain vase. Small but fine Hirado dating to the Meiji period, 1868-1912, when the making of Hirado at the old kilns in Nagasaki was most abundant. A beautiful shaped vase with a different abstract landscape scene on each side, and foo dog at each corner, painted in underglaze blue. The bottom feet are cut out, those are not chips- having large stable feet all the way around with a delicate design in between. It is bordered on the top with a traditional Japanese design, and on the bottom with the popular and very detailed wave design. Very clean and no injuries, in excellent condition. Just some minor age wear on the bottom.
SIZE: Height: 6" or 15.24 cm, Width at widest 3" or 7.62 cm
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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.
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. So much more information is available on the internet and in a few good books.. See the links on our homepage under Favorites Links.
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