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This wonderful plate is a Nabeshima porcelain ware. It was made around the end of the Edo period (1615-1868). It is part of a set of five plates.
Nabeshima porcelain is world-known for its high level of quality. At the end of the 17th century, the Nabeshima clan who ruled the Saga domain, located near Arita, moved the kiln they were patronizing deep into the mountains, in the Okawachiyama village, where it could difficultly be accessed. There, master craftsmen, many of them of Korean origin, created one of the best ceramic ever made, still much revered to these days.
Unless much of the porcelain made in that region, Nabeshima ware was made exclusively for the Japanese nobility, using Japanese inspired motifs and patterns, when Arita porcelain decorations were much inspired by Chinese designs. The Nabeshima clan's kiln was abandoned in 1871, at the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912), the year feudal domains were abolished.
This particular plate presents a rare drawing of a “shika” (deer) by Mount Fuji. It is hand painted in underglaze cobalt oxide in splendid details and is a very fine example of the beauty of Nabeshima ware, using a picturesque Japanese motif.
The plate is part of a set. Each plate is decorated in the same fashion, with the same dimensions and all in impeccable condition. You may choose any one of the plates, so do not hesitate to ask us for pictures of the other pieces.
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Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.8 cm (6.5 x 1.5 in); 273g (9.6 oz)
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