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Pair of Hirado "Tokaido" Dishes 19C


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: Item # 1355877

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A pair of Hirado dishes decorated with scenes adapted from the woodcuts of Utagawa Hiroshige. The dish on the left hand side is adapted from the Sixty Nine Stations of the Kiso Kaido, principally the station at Itabishi and in part, the pedlar with basket, the station at Takasaki. The dish on the right hand side shows a group of figures struggling against a gale probably inspired by the woodcutShono Shono from the Fifty three Stations on Tokaido Highway, but adapted with a great deal of licence. The dish has a simplified Karakusa, lotus scroll pattern to the reverse. The dishes are very finely potted and extraordinarily well painted. They are in good condition with no chips or restoration, however there is a short feint hairline crack to the rim of the left hand dish (see last image). Larger examples with similar subjects are occasionally marked with the nengo for the Tempo era in the late Edo period (1830-1844), see Lawrence Smith, Japanese porcelain of the First Half of the 19th Century, TOCS 1971-1973 pp 65-66, but there attributed by him to the Kameyama kiln. The dishes measure 15.3cm in diameter and 2.7cm high. Shipping within the UK included in the sterling price. Worldwide shipping included in the $ price.