A large porcelain serving platter from the Morimura brothers, Japan. The company goes back a long time to 1876 and was founded by the brothers Ichizaemon and Toyo Morimura. The back stamp for this platter, the upside down wreath, “M” and “Made In Japan” in blue color indicates the platter was produced between 1921 to 1953.
The platter pattern features the mythical phoenix bird with flowers and scrolls in blue on a white back ground. The phoenix bird has been revered to carry mythical powers and attributes throughout the ages in many cultures worldwide. In Japan it’s name is the Ho-o (howa) bird. It is thick and heavy porcelain that is semi transparent seen only when held up to the light. It has a nice double rest for the bottom that adds stability and strength.
The glazing is still in excellent condition. The transfer pattern seems light on areas of the rim. This appears to be original rather than not wear because it is under the glaze. There are no chips, cracks or stains. The rough mark seen on the back rim area is a factory mark. This piece will be useful for a long time to come.
It is 14 5/8 inches long by 10 ¾ inches wide by 1 ¼ inches high.
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