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Japanese Fukagawa Porcelain Plate Painted Carp 深川製 Antique Meiji 1900


An antique Meiji period Japanese Fukagawa Seiji company scalloped and ribbed porcelain plate hand painted with carp by Chuji Fukagawa marked 深川製  circa 1900.Click the image to enlarge
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Japanese Fukagawa Porcelain Plate Painted Carp 深川製 Antique Meiji 1900


An antique Japanese Fukagawa Seiji company hand painted porcelain scalloped and ribbed plate dating from Meiji period (1868-1912) circa 1900. 

This beautifully painted plate has a school of carp investigating a floating flower blossom which has fallen into their pool from a flowering branch above. There is an impression of movement in the water, as there is a swirl or eddy painted in shades of blue in the focal point of the scene. There are some floating lily pads painted to the right to balance the image. 

The rim has a colourful outer border of diamond shapes in underglaze blue with polychrome enamel decoration in green red and gold, with inset flowers and and gilded red circles. 

The underside of the rim is decorated with under glaze blue prunus branches with polychrome enamel and gilded flowers. The foot has three concentric bands of underglaze blue. The base of the plate has a nine character kanji mark below the Mountain and stream trademark of the Fukagawa Seiji company. 

The kanji character mark is as follows:

 大日本 - Dai Nihon

 有田街 - Arita Machi 

 深川製 - Fukagawa Sei

This translates as: Great Japan, Arita Ware, made by Fukagawa.

Eizaemon Fukagawa started the Fukagawa company in 1875 he used the flowering orchid mark as his trademark (Koransha : The Scented Orchid Company) and after his death in 1889, his oldest son, Yotaro took over the company. In 1894 his 2nd son Chuji Fukagawa started the Fukagawa Porcelain Company (Seiji)  using the mount Fuji and stream mark. Seiji means lawful and just in Japanese perhaps indicating some rivalry with his brother?

Similar dishes are pictured in: Japanese Porcelain, 1800-1950 (Schiffer Book for Collectors).

Fukagawa ware was and still is made in the area around the town of Arita, in the former Hizen Province,  now Saga Prefecture, of Northwestern Kyūshū island of Japan. 

The plate is approximately 8 1/2 inches ( 21.6 cm) diameter,  1 1/4 inches ( 3.2 cm) high. It  weighs a total of 410 grammes unpacked.

It is in good antique condition, there are some small filled and disguised chips to the rim (restoration) no cracks.  There is some minor wear to the gilding and enamel to the rim border. There are some minor marks or scratches to the glaze possibly caused by plate stacking, only just visible at an acute angle.  Please see the images. 

This is a highly collectable and decorative item and great for display on its own or as part of a collection antique Japanese pottery or Hizen ware, 肥前焼, Hizen-yaki from a distinguished and highly collected factory.


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