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A splendid set of two seto porcelain plates dating from the end of the Edo period (1615-1868).
Seto is one of the oldest pottery traditions in Japan and considered one of the “6 old kilns”. As early as the 13th century, glazed potteries were produced in Seto, thanks to the importing of new techniques from China by a potter called Toshiro.
Porcelain wares, however, were first produced in the Seto area only from 1807, after a potter named Kato Kamikichi had returned from Arita with the techniques to produce white porcelain with underglaze oxide blue decorations. Economic shortcomings in the Arita region helped established Seto kilns as major producers of a high quality porcelain.
Each plate is decorated in great details with flowery motifs, one with a bird perched on a flowering shrub. The exquisite decorations on a fine, light porcelain show the remarkable beauty of Seto porcelain.
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The two plates are in very good condition except for two chips repaired in gold and lacquer; one on the mouth of one of the plates, the other on the foot rim of the other plate (please see pictures 5 and 7). The set will be shipped in a vintage wooden box.
Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.5 cm (5.4 x 1.8 in), 139g (4.9 oz); 13.3 x 4.5 (5.3 x 1.8 in), 135g (4.7 oz)
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