Subject:Re: Name under Imari plate
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Mike Oz, you're a blessing to all!
The Monash U. Japanese machine gives:
毛利 【もうり】 (place,surname) Mouri 【もおり】 (s) Moori 【もり】 (s) Mori SrcHNA
As shown in the picture below, the 19th century James Lord Bowes public domain book has a teapot mark for a potter named Mori Uji, member of the Mori family said to be the "most noted makers of Ise ware."
For Mike Oz: I think you'll know best if this mark of Mori Uji is at all relevant to the one on Martin's dish. I note that Uji also can use the similar character 氏, and that the right-hand character looks like 木, which can be pronounced "Mo" in Japanese. So I suppose it depends on whether the Japanese would be read from right to left or left to right, with the left hand character being apparently the larger one.