Tuesday, May 17, 2016
People come upon many ceramics labeled "Japanese Porcelain Decorated in Hong Kong". Japan makes "blanks" which they export. Especially during the last quarter of the 20th century many pieces were decorated in Hong Kong. Because many have high lead levels they are required by law to have "For Decorative Use Only" marked on them. The enamels are usually rather thickly applied. There are various levels of quality but basically none have any increasing value as collectors items, except for enjoying them in one's home.
This is moriage dragon ware. This is Japanese site for the Tojiki Kaikan in Nagoya. Notice the dragon ware? http://nagoya-toujikikaikan.sblo.jp/category/899359-1.html
This one is a later piece given it has Made in Occupied Japan on it.
Dragon ware sake cup with lithophane
Some helpful links (I cannot verify if all the information is correct):
From the collection of Shawn Dempsey:
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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...