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Meiji Period Set of Five Nabeshima Porcelain Plates

Meiji Period Set of Five Nabeshima Porcelain Plates

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A very refined set of five light Nabeshima porcelain plates from the Meiji period (1868-1912).

Each plate is decorated with stylized waves over a geometric pattern painted in underglaze cobalt blue, with motifs of flowers made in overglaze enamel. The back of the plates are decorated with the recognizable shippo and ribbon design, and the ring foot with comb design.

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, the year feudal domains were abolished.

One must not only look at but hold a Nabeshima ware to feel its beauty and start to comprehend its level of sophistication. The silky, warm touch of a Nabeshima plate open the senses and makes one feel privileged.

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Each plate is in very good condition, there is some extremely minor wear from usage; kindly inquire if you would like to see more pictures of the other pieces.

Dimensions: each plate is about 15 x 4 cm (6 x 1.6 in); weight 192g (6.7 oz)

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EMS shipping charges (with insurance and tracking): $54 Please understand there might be some delay receiving clearance from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs to ship the plate outside of Japan (standard procedure for expensive artifacts).

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