The size of Dish: 5 1/8" Dia x 2 3/8" High (130 mm x 60 mm). This is beautiful and finely made Japanese Porcelain Plate Set of 9 pcs by Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) who was Teishitsu Gigei-in (Imperial Household Artist). Each bowl is made with fine quality porcelain and thinly made. It has Sometsuke and Red polychrome design of Cherry blossoms beautifully painted. Backside has Sometsuke design of Tsuta (Japanese Ivy) design beautifully painted. This plate is made very Nabeshima style according to information from scholar of Seifu Yohei III, by Seifu Yohei III made Nabeshima style items which is this one. Each bowl has Seifu's Chop seal on the back. It came with Tomobako with Seifu's chop seal. The condition of bowls as following: No chip, no crack and no hairline on 5 bowls. Four of other bowls has following: Two of bowls has tiny chip at the Kodai(foot rim). One has tiny stone in the body. Another one with iron spot at top rim as photo showing. All other 5 bowls are fine and no kiln flaw. Top of tomobako has Japanese Kanji writing, Seikaji (porcelain), and "Mukozuke"(Mukozuke-is small side dish) with chop seal of Seifu. Inside Tomobako with Yohei-zo (Yohei made) by Seifu signature as well as his chop seal. Dating of dish from around Meiji 30, 1897.
Seifu Yohei III (1850-1914. Kaei 3rd to Taisho 13 th)
He was born in name of Okada family of Harima no Kuni (today's Hyogo Pref.) in Japan. His name was Okada Heikichi. When he was young man he wanted to became as the painter so he became the student of Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907) in Osaka and studied Japanese painting and Nanga painting but he gave up as the painter because of his illness. Later he became the student of Seifu Yohei II and he changed his work to pottery work field instead of painter. At the begining, he used the name as "Seizan"(writing in Japanese as Kiyoi-Yama.) later he married to younger sister of Seifu Yohei II and he changed his name to Seifu as Muko-yoshi (name changed to wife family name). In 1878 after Seifu II passed away, he succeeded as Seifu Yohei III. He studied and researched many of the techniques from Chinese works as well as Japanese traditional works. Seifu III created his own glazing and techniques which including carved design under glazing by using many his own developed techniques. He has express and developed the beauty and elegance of modern Japanese style porcelain works nobody did before. In 1893, Meiji 26th, he became the first member of Teishitsu Gigeiin (Imperial Household Artist) in Pottery category. He was a head of Kyoto Toji Kumiai (Pottery Union). He received Medal of Green Ribbon from Japanese Government. His works are in the collection of Japanese Imperial Place, as well as many Japanese major National Museum as well as has been sought and collected by worldwide major Museums, and Collectors. Also auctioned at world major auction houses, including Christies, Sotheby's, Bonham and many others.