Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TRANSFER WARE or Inban (印判)

There are various forms of transfer ware. Stencils (katagami) were used from the Edo period. Copper plate (Doban) was begun 1887 in Hizen. There were other techniques used as well. Konnyaku inban gave a very soft blurry design. 

Transfer print types

1. Konnyaku Inban *used since the middle of the Edo period. (Stamp). **not common these days.
2. Dohantensha (etch) *used from Meiji period
3. Katagamisurie (stencil/pattern) *used from Mid Edo period. 

*screen print transfers are called screen insatsu スクリーン印刷.  

These are small plates (11cm) called kozara (小皿) or mamezara (豆皿). These were made in abundance late Meiji and early Taisho eras. These are Seto yaki.


These are medium sized plates (11cm and 15.5cm) from the Meiji era. They are Seto yaki. They show obvious transfer flaws, which are quite common in this era.

Seto Yaki Phoenix design plate Dai Nippon
The mark is Sho 正 with a roof over it. 

                           Small plate (kozara) 

                                          Sake cups 

Early Meiji era katagamisurie

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