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A Japanese Porcelain Plate in the Kraak Style â Meiji

A Japanese Porcelain Plate in the Kraak Style – Meiji

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: Item # 1261645

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This is an Arita blue and white Japanese plate in the style of the Chinese Kraak ceramics. The plate has a design of a plump sage at rest in his garden. The main design is surrounded by a band of overlapping circles – then the border is done in the exact style of the Kraak plates illustrated in the book on Kraak by Renaldi. The rim has a nice sharp foliate ruffled edge.

The tip off that this is a Japanese dish is on the back – the back is totally clear of design with the exception of an underglaze cobalt blue Fuku (Good Fortune) mark. (All Chinese Kraak porcelain plates and bowls had a simple design on the underside of the rim.) The bottom of the plate has spur marks made by dots of clay that held the plate off the kiln floor. The bottom also shows signs of chatter marks. Chatter marks are lines that go from the center of the plate to the edge. Theses are caused by the potter's tool catching on the clay as he finishes the surface when it has begun to harden - but has not yet permanently set hard enough to glaze. The dish is in excellent condition with no chips or hairlines. It measures 8 ½” diameter and is 1 ¼” high at the rim. We date it to the early to mid Meiji period, circa 1870-1890s.