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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1980: item # 1009266

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A Pair of Koransha Tea Cups  Chawan  Showa
This is a very pretty pair of Koransha ceramics tea cups Chawan. The outside of the cups is glazed in a soft turquoise color - the inside of each had an opening bulb flower with long green leaves and red budding flowers. On the base is the orchid mark of the Koransha potters. Each cup measures 3 diameter and is 2 high. They are in very good condition one small nick on the side of one of the cups.

From the mid-17th century, Kakiemon wares were produced at the factories of Arita, Saga Prefecture, Japan with much in common with the Chinese "Famille Verte" style. The superb quality of its enamel decoration was highly prized in the West and widely imitated by the major European porcelain manufacturers. In 1971 it was declared an important "intangible cultural treasure" by the Japanese government. Kakiemon decoration is usually of high quality, delicate and with asymmetric well-balanced designs. These were sparsely applied to emphasize the fine white porcelain background body known in Japan as NIGOSHIDE (milky white) which was used for the finest pieces.

At the end of the 19th century, when Fukagawa Seiji was established, clay from Amakusa was used to produce a pure white base that provided a contrast to the very colorful glazes. Some Fukagawa pieces of this period show evidence of being influenced by the Hirado style although this is not true in every case. Its history starts with Ezaiemon Fukagawa who in 1856 became head of his family's porcelain business and in 1875 founded Koransha (The Company of the Scented Orchid) in Arita, Japan, to produce tableware for export.



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