An antique Japanese Arita porcelain plate that has been hand painted and gilded with two cartouches with figures in traditional Japanese dress. Between each cartouche there are hand painted enamels featuring prunus trees, chrysanthemums, grasses and birds. The palette of bright and bold colours features blue, iron red, peach, orange, turquoise, black and a deep rose pink with gilded highlights. This is a good quality item and a very decorative example of this ware dating from around 1880, during the Meiji period (1868 -1912).
The plate is signed on the back in iron red overglaze enamels: 肥碟山信甫製 , Hichozan Shinpo-sei which translates as "Made by Hichozan Shinpo".
The name Hichozan Shinpo was a brand name was used by several Arita porcelain makers such as Fukagawa porcelain, Tashiro, as well as other producers from the Mikawachi kilns. The products were exported as Hirado wares during the Meiji period.
The porcelain plate is in excellent antique condition with no cracks or chips, no crazing, no repairs. There is some minor fritting to the front and a little wear to the enamel on the front. It measures - 10 " ( 25.5 cm ) across and 1 1/2" ( 4 cm ) in height.
The plate 9 1/4 inches diameter and 1 inches high, it weighs 476g unpacked.
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