A large colorful, hand painted and potted Japanese charger with alternating panels of bird and flowers.
The large round porcelain charger has designs of leaves and peonies in the central well. The cavetto has alternating panels of fabric designs and bird and garden scenes with butterfly, bamboo, peonies, and irises. The designs were painted in underglaze cobalt with iron red, green, gray, turquoise and gold over glaze enamels.
The charger has an unglazed shallow foot. The base is glazed with a central sager mark. There is a stamped mark on the base. It has four characters for Yamatoku (Mountain Virtue) Studio. According to Gotheborg, this mark was used mostly around 1910-20.
The Yamatoku Kiln was named after Yamaguchi Tokuichi (i.e., Yama & Toku), who was instrumental in the expansion of the kiln during the early Meiji Era. The kiln originally produced ceramics in the traditional Nabeshima Arita Style, which mainly developed under Lord Katsushige Nabeshima, whom in 1628 build a clan kiln that successfully produced the first Japanese white porcelain and celadon. Generation after generation, to this day, the Yamatoku kiln has taken on the endeared Yamatoku name. (Source: History of Arita Yamatoku).
12” (30.5 cm) diameter x 1 ½” (3.8 cm) tall. Weighs 2 lb 11.9 oz (1250 g)
There are a few chips on the foot ring. The porcelain was probably chipped off the floor of the kiln. There are no other cracks, or breaks. There is wear to the central well of the plate, and a chip on the white ground in the center medallion. There are glaze frits on the iron red near the central well. There are kiln flaws such as bumps, pin holes, and cobalt smudges on the back.
A large colorful charger to add richness and substance to your décor.