Friday, September 25, 2015
KATO SHUNKO (sometimes incorrectly read as Harumitsu)
Tougyokuen Kato Gosuke
TAKEUCHI CHUBEI (竹内忠兵衛)
Chubei was noted for his sharkskin glazes, but also for his cloisonné. Many of his sharkskin wares are marked with a number read right to left 五一五二五二二 or left to right 2252515 which is a patent number, Meiji 22 (1890) 5 month 25 day for 15 years (from worthpoint). This mark was used circa 1890-1905.
松村九助氏 Matsumura Kusuke 1844-1912 Nagoya
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Igezara are thickly potted transferware plates, usually with a brown pie crust rim. These were made in the Meiji through the early Showa period. The name is derived from a dialect in Saga Prefecture meaning thorn plates. These were made for the common people for everyday ware. Many are unmarked but there are some makers who did mark their wares.
So far I have found these marks used on Igezara
Iwa mark 岩
Ken mark 謙
Koransha mark コオラン
Kushiyama mark 串山
Tomi or Yutaka mark 豊
Uwataki mark 上瀧
There are various common motifs.
This Igezara has the book shape forming a window or canvas for the decoration with the bamboo motif in the background. Inside the book shape are moon, plum blossoms, peony and a rock. It is 31cm in diameter.
It appears that most Igezara were made during the late Meiji through Taisho period.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
AWATA YAKI (粟田焼)
This is an Awata Jar with missing lid c. 1930
Made for export. This mark (red and gold) with the mountain mark reads Kinkozan Zo 錦光山造. This is probably c. 1921-1930 ( certainly after September 1921, given the MIJ written above the mark).
Marked Kinkozan Zo. These kinds of cups (and saucers) came in sets of twelve, a different flower motif for each month.
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