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Subject:imari vase
Posted By: david Mon, May 13, 2019 IP: 2607:fea8:1c1f:f90f:

Can anyone ID the mark on this imari vase? Thank you! David.

Subject:Re: imari vase
Posted By: Martin Michels Tue, May 14, 2019

Fukagawa - Koransha mark.

The red Orchid logo without text was used by Koransha from the start of Koransha in 1875 till the end of the Taisho Period (1925).
As a rule (but there are exceptions), one can state that at least in the Meiji Period red marks were on pieces with Imari colors and blue marks were on blue-and-white (or other) colors.
An overview of the history of the Koransha company can be found at the following link:


Subject:Re: imari vase
Posted By: Bill H Tue, May 14, 2019

FYI, here's a rare late 19th century gold Koransha mark on a libation vessel in what I suppose would pass for Imari colors. It also has the signature of Toshikian Kizo, the pseudonym of Takeji Fukami, a 19th century descendant of Korean potters who were captured and taken to Japan by the army of Daimyo Hideyoshi, whose troops were dispatched in an abortive attempt to invade China via Korea at the end of the 16th century. This libation cup, is about six inches high and based on an ancient Chinese tripodal bronze form. It has a larger counterpart in the same pattern in the Art Institute of Chicago.

Best regards,

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