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Subject:Help with japanese charger
Posted By: John Wed, Apr 04, 2018 IP: 2607:fb90:782b:32e0:

Hi can anyone translate this? Iij t seems to be more of a stamp making me think it is modern but I wanted to be sure. Thanks in advance

Subject:Re: Help with japanese charger
Posted By: TK Thu, Apr 05, 2018

I believe that this mark reads '大日本中村性', which translates to 'Made in Nakamura, Great Japan'.
The 'mura' character looks a little odd, so I may be incorrect, though.
Given my interpretation of the mark is correct, this plate will have been produced by the Nakamura Kilns in Kyoto, likely some time in the Meiji period (late 1800s - early 1900s). There was a similar one sold at the link I have provided.
The bowl is a lovely example of Kutani-ware.

URL Title :Previously Sold Plate

Subject:Re: Help with japanese charger
Posted By: Martin Michels Thu, Apr 05, 2018

The mark reads: Dai 大日本 Nippon 日本 Nakamura 中村 Zo 造 (= Great Japan - made by Nakamura).
Date: circa 1900.

Nakamura Shuto 1st (1865-1928) was born the son of the famous Kaga potter of Daishoji Temple Nakamura Shigeichiro from whom, along with Takeuchi Ginshu from the age of 12, he initially studied pottery and painting techniques. Delving into the past he researched and revived ancient kiln techniques. From 1906 he took the name Shuto, and became famous throughout Japan for superb quality ceramics. Suddenly in 1913 he switched to painting & design and then in 1917 combined the two disciplines in a new approach using a kiln he created in his home. Works by him are held in the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum among others.

During the strict war years the Nakamura studio suffered under the laws against excess and finally the studio was completely destroyed in the bombing of Osaka in 1945.
The 2nd generation took over in 1946, working to re-establish the company and connecting with Hanshin Department Store, slowly growing while promoting the cultural heritage of Japan.
They are now in the 113th year.


Subject:Re: Help with japanese charger
Posted By: John Fri, Apr 06, 2018

You guys are the absolute best. Thank you both for such an informative response and history lesson it is much appreciated. John | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |