The size of Plate: 10 1/8” Dia x 1 7/8” High. Pretty Japanese Seiji, Celadan Porcelain Plate by 1st Miyanaga Tozan. The price was made by pr4etty Seiji, Celadan porcelain. It came with Tomobako. The cover has Japanese written, “Seiji” (celadan). “Sara”(plate). “Tozan Saku” (Tozan Made). The condition of plate excellent, no chip, no crack and no hairline. A couple of frits as photo showing. Dating from before the war.
Miyanaga Tozan 1st(1868-1941)
He was born in Kagano Kuni Daiseiji, today's Ishikawa prefecture. His real name was Gotaro. He was unusual for his time having first studied at Tokyo German school. After he finished at the German school in Meiji 18th, 1885, he worked at the German trading company. Later, he entered French school to study French where he recognized the importance of Japanese art. After that he worked in Agriculture and Trade Bureau of the Japanese Goverment. In Meiji 34, 1901, he moved to Kinkozan's factory and he studied with Asai Chu(Japanese painter). He also organized Yutoen with Kinkozan Sobeii VII, Ito Tozan I, Kiyomizu Rokubei V. He married Kinkozan’s daughter but did not take the name of Kinkozan as he lost his wife and her brother succeeded Kinkozan name. Later in Meiji 42nd, 1909, he opened first kiln in Awataguchi, then later moved to Fushimi Fukakusa where he opened his second kiln. He spent most of his productive life as a potter there. He was specially good at Seiji (celadon works). He had a son, Tomoo who became Tozan 2nd, grandson, Rikichi (now Tozan III). He received many awards and entered the Teiten and Bunten exhibitions. He had a one man show at Mitsukoshi department store and many shows around the country. In Showa 4th (1930), he travelled with Ito Tozan and Katori Shushi, Ryumondo Yasutaro and others to Manchuria and Korea and came back to Japan with information about many new techniques. His works were used and accepted in the Imperial household and in Japanese embassies and consulates around the world.