Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ARITA YAKI (有田焼き) and IMARI (伊万里き )-Pottery of Saga Prefecture



Aritayaki (or also known as Imari named after the port by which it was exported) is made in Arita, Saga Prefecture. There are many styles which include Kakiemon, Nabeshima, and Ko-Imari.     Links: http://kougeihin.jp/en/facilities/saga/3203,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imari_porcelain, http://www.e-yakimono.net/guide/html/porcelain.html

There are several forms of pottery that fall under the Arita umbrella including: Arita, Imari, Hasami, Hizen, Mikawachi or Hirado. Hasami and Mikawachi are actually in Nagasaki Prefecture. The pottery in this area of Kyushu is all intertwined and because Arita and Imari are more internationally known they are grouped together here.

FUKAGAWA SEIJI









This is the main store in Arita.
Some links: http://www.fukagawa-seiji.com/shop/,
http://www.fukagawa-seiji.com/blog/2009/09/fukagawa-seiji-porcelain-manufacturing.html





1870's Fukagawa Hichozan plate


KORANSHA


Modern Koransha MARK




This Koransha MARK looks like ones used early to mid 20th century (I would guess around 1930)



This mark is probably from the 1970's





Fairly modern Koransha MARK






I visited the Arita in February.  This is the main store.


Here is the link for Koransha:  http://www.koranasha.co.jp/english/

NISHIYAMA
(Hasami-yaki)




Nishiyama Mark












KIYOHIDE KILN



Aritayaki tea cups Kiyohide Kiln MARK




Aritayaki deep bowls Kiyohide Kiln MARK




Aritayaki deep bowls Kiyohide Kiln








Kiyohide Kiln MARK




Footed dishes-Kiyohide


 KINPO KILN
(Hasami)






AZUCHI KILN

(Imari)

Azuchi Kiln


TETSUSABURO KILN
(Hizen)



MIKAWACHI-YAKI

Mikawachi-yaki is actually from Nagasaki Prefecture and is considered as part of Hirado pottery, although it is usually grouped in the Arita catagory.




Yamato MARK


NABESHIMA



(Right to left) Nabeshima Yuuzan-gama


                       This lovely incense burner was made by Dai Shuu (大秀).

NABESHIMA/KARAKO









This is the style of painting that has children in play, usually chasing butterflies. It is taken after Chinese painting. I read somewhere (can't find the reference now...should have written it down!! Drat!) that this style of porcelain painting "Karako" meaning Chinese child or children was produced for three levels of social status. The three children design was made for the common people, the five children design was made for people of a higher status (lords and other high ranking people) and the seven children design was made for the imperial family. The sometsuke (blue and white) is most common but there are Karako designs in other colors as well, red being perhaps the second most common.


HIJIRIYAMA-GAMA





KAZAN-GAMA
http://aritakazan.com







Guinomi
Kazan MARK


SHUHO-GAMA




             Shyuho MARK



5 comments:

  1. Just came upon your blog while looking for some japanese porcelain marks, and I believe the unidentified mark in the picture just above the "Aritayaki meoto or "couple" yunomi tea cups, Kiyohide Kiln", is Takamine.

    Roger

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  2. Roger, Thanks for your comment. I think this is the reading as well, but I want to verify by Japanese sources before I post it. Do you have a reference?

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  3. Hi
    This is great site but do you have older japanese marks.
    I am looking marks from 1920-1950 like most european japanese items.
    I'am holding my hands vase with Fukagawa mark but it is not vertically it is horizontally with 3 marks.

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    1. I researched your description a bit. I did find a 1900 (Meiji 1933) plate with the mountain mark followed horizontally by the Fukagawa Sei (深川製). I don't know if this helps. The link was takashimaya.co.jp but I found it through google images in Japanese.

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    2. Oops, that should be Meiji 33 not 1933.

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