These elegant Japanese porcelain plates are dated by the blue spoke Nippon symbol used from 1911 to 1921.
They are decorated with gold gilt garlands draped in beads and bells and scrolls using the moriage application technique in which fine clay was applied like icing on a cake. The garlands create a gentle, swag border within the plate, defining the pure white center in hexagon. In Japanese culture the hexagon is a symbol for long life and happiness- these plates are not only themselves beautiful, but come with a beautiful message.
Beyond the six draped garlands the plates are soft pastel green, bringing a gentle contrast to the white center.
A single, delicate rose, petals detailed in finely brushed shades of pink, are presented within each pastel pane as a portrait. They bloom upon white with touches of green leaves and are sweetly framed by a scrolling moriage gilt border.
The edge of the plate is detailed with a repeating gold accent upon white within fine line borders and the rim is finished with yet another detailed band of green with a fine gold rim.
They measure 7.5 inches across. Condition is excellent. There are no chips and certainly no cracks. Light scratches upon the centers may be found when scrutinized. The pattern around the very edge of one plate is less distinct from the other three. Nearly one hundred years old, they are a wonderful treasure.
Please enjoy these lovely porcelain Nippon plates. I offer them at an honorable and competitive price which includes shipping and insurance.
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