Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Plate Hand Painted
Diameter 7" inches / Weight 167 grams / All dimensions are approximate
This is a very interesting piece for a genuine collector. The small kutani plate is a piece used for teaching young students the art of hand painting porcelain in the Japan of the Meiji Era. It is a plate that has a crack in one side (not going through) and covered with the glaze. The production defective piece was a perfect student practices base. This plate was used for a young student who was in training and learning how to paint on porcelain. It has at back the japanese characters for Kutani and also a second one that can be read as Life (if i am not wrong). The piece has all the cuteness of a very naive and amateur done arts. A genuine plate for a collector.
Kutani ware (九谷焼 Kutani-yaki) is a style of Japanese porcelain traditionally supposed to be from Kutani, now a part of Kaga, Ishikawa, in the former Kaga Province. It is divided into two phases: Ko-Kutani (old Kutani), from the 17th and early 18th centuries, and Saikō-Kutani from the revived production in the 19th century. The more prestigious Ko-Kutani wares are recognised by scholars to be a complex and much mis-represented group, very often not from Kutani at all. Ko-Kutani porcelain four colours Aote type plate with flower design in enamel, late 17th century, Edo period
Kutani ware, especially in the Ko-Kutani period, is marked by vivid dark colors that epitomize lavish aesthetics. It is theorized that the long, harsh and grey winters of the Hokuriku region led to a desire among people living there for ceramic ware to show strong and bold colours. The classical five colours style is known as gosai-de (五彩手) which includes green, blue, yellow, purple, and red. The designs are bold and normally depict landscapes, the beauty of nature, and people, and cover most of the surface of each piece. Many artists today are located in Komatsu, Ishikawa and Terai.
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