Monday, April 14, 2014


Suizan? Eizan? I believe this is Kyo yaki. Needs verification.

My new tea Bowl. The motif is is called Manjugiku. The mark reads Kyo Rouzan (京瀧山)


No mark on this little covered dish. Arita? Kyoto? What is it used for?


Studio cup and plate set with unidentified mark.

  This bowl has no mark but hopefully someday I will find out its origins. It is one of my favorites.

I just found this little guinomi (sake cup). It needs some research.
It is probably Imari  transfer ware. The mark reads HO.

I just found this little condiment dish, used for shichimi togarashi or seven spice pepper.  There is no mark. It may be Arita, Kyoto or Mino??
    I believe this is Arita ware, but need to verify.

  Ka (加). ?

I am working on this little sake cup. I bought it even though it had a chip. I do not have this mark in my files and decided it was worth the research. I think I have seen this before so my curiosity is peaked.

I think this might be Korean

Dragonware with marking IISA


  1. Hi,
    I hope it's ok to ask for you help with a piece I am trying to identify. I didn't know how else to contact you.. One of the pieces in my collection has me very puzzled. Could you please take a look at it at and let me know your thoughts on it.

    Thank you. I am a novice collector and like to learn about the different pieces I find.

    1. In saw your updated blog post on this piece this morning. I think it would be more correct to put "satsuma style" rather than satsuma as it is not true satsuma. I have a picture in the book by Irene Stitt that shows a similar piece. Yes, your photo was upside down and it clearly reads sa-tsu but the third character does not look like ma. It may have just been written hastily as these pieces were cranked out rapidly during this period. You can contact me at my new blog email:

  2. Thank you, yes, Kyoto Satsuma is the common name for Satsuma-style export wares produced by kilns in the Kyoto area from the Meiji period into the 20th century


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