Subject:Japanese B&W Covered Bowl -
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Sep 08, 2018 IP: 2601:342:80:4e1c:b17
I'm trying to atone myself with Japanese collectors in the forum for my regular errors in transliterations and other fine points of the language. Here's a recent find, a blue & white lidded bowl with figural decoration and marks of Fuki Choshun (Riches, Honors & Long Life), which aspects could possibly indicate pre-Meiji period origins. At least most of the similar marks described by James Lord Bowes in his Meiji period book of marks and seals were Hizen (Arita) products described as "Old Japan" or Edo.
I presume this is food service porcelain, but its shape differs from modern "yaki" bowls. The dimensions are about 4.25 inches tall with lid in place, and bowl diameter is 5.25 inches across the top rim. The decoration of "Scholars in a Bamboo Grove", as well as the mark are in the Chinese-manner, though the figural style gives way to a Japanese hand at the brush. The interior of the bowl and underside of the lid also are decorated but aren't shown.
All comments and criticisms welcome as usual.