The three plates are decorated in gold and various overglaze enamels with peonies, morning glories, and another flower that we could not recognize. They are signed and sealed Kōyō (or Kayō) for the design, and signed ”Dainihon Imura Zu” (made by Imura in great Japan) on the reverse.
Imura Hikojirō, former oil merchant, established in around 1875 a ceramic decoration factory in Yokohama, known as Matsuisha. The company developed quickly and came to employ finally more than thirty ceramic painters. Many of these Yokohama ”etsuke” (painted wares), mainly popular between the 1880's to 1900's, were produced for export.
Condition: The enamel decor has faded away in some places. Please, refer to the pictures.
Dimensions: The plates are about 21 cm (8.3 in) in diameter.