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Ichiban Japanese & Oriental Antiques
Post Office Box 395
Marion, CT 06444-0395
203.272.7392

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$595.00

Japanese Porcelain Figural Group of Monkeys
Fine Japanese ceramic figural group of three monkeys on a large ball. We are having a very hard time deciding whether this piece is of Hirado porcelain or Kutani, The unglazed base has the fine smooth paste touch characteristic of Hirado, Also the very fine grainy detailing to the ball and to the robes on two of the monkeys would indicate a Hirado decision. At the same time, the detail on the eyes is not as one would expect on Hirado – but is more in line with Kutani wares.

Whichever, this figural group has a great deal of charm with the quixotic expressions on all three monkeys as they pose in priest’s hats and robes on the great large ball. The group measures 6 ¾" high and is 5 ½” wide x 3 ¼” deep. Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or restorations, We date this one to the late Meiji period – circa 1890-1915.



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