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Japanese Blue and White Porcelain Bowl, Seto

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Japanese Blue and White Porcelain Bowl, Seto
Lovely Japanese porcelain bowl, likely Seto ware, which may also be a scaled-down hibachi or handwarmer known as “te-aburi.” Meiji period. The clear underglaze cobalt blue decoration is beautifully hand-painted in great detail with freely drawn designs of peonies and weeping willows. A double underglaze blue ring encircles the foot. Seto porcelain glazes are more glassy than those of Imari, and the paste is somewhat coarser. In 1807 Kato Tamikichi, who had spent years studying the various kilns in Hizen Province, including the Arita kilns, came to Seto and started the production of porcelain. The decorations were mostly underglaze blue. By the middle of the 19th century, many famous potters had settled at the various Seto kilns, and a high grade porcelain decorated with underglaze blue designs was being made. The use of oxidized cobalt for underglaze blue wares was inaugurated about 1877. Condition is perfect. Overall dimensions: 4 ½” diameter, 4 1/8” high.

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