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Subject:japanese Fukagawa bowl?
Posted By: Giuseppe Sat, Feb 29, 2020 IP: 85.225.86.154

I would like help to understand if this bowl is a Fukagawa. I could not find examples of fukagawa ceramics stylistically similar to this, however, the brand behind it seems to be that of Fukagawa. I don't know if the writing behind it is Japanese and if it is the name of the craftsman.
Thanks again





Subject:Re: japanese Fukagawa bowl?
Posted By: Mark Adams Sat, Feb 29, 2020

Not a Fukagawa mark!
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Subject:Re: japanese Fukagawa bowl?
Posted By: Giuseppe Sun, Mar 01, 2020

Thanks Mark. Any idea on the writing and the period?

Subject:Re: japanese Fukagawa bowl?
Posted By: Robert Sun, Mar 01, 2020

Looks like a Kyoto dish with a variant Fukagawa 'Mount Fuji and stream' mark, which is more likely an exporters' mark rather than a makers' mark. The white, crackled feldspathic glaze, the iron brown-dressed rim, and the stoneware (not porcelain) clay body fit best with a Kyoto attribution. It could have been made in the late Meiji period but more likely well into the 20th century.

Subject:Re: japanese Fukagawa bowl?
Posted By: Giuseppe Mon, Mar 02, 2020

Thank you Robert
Is the writing below the bowl that of the craftsman?

Subject:Re: japanese Fukagawa bowl?
Posted By: Giuseppe Mon, Mar 02, 2020

Can it be in Kenzan style?

Subject:Re: japanese Fukagawa bowl?
Posted By: Martin Michels Tue, Mar 03, 2020

It might be Kenzan style, the mark reads indeed Kenzan: 乾山.
The stamped mountain with stream mark is an indication that it's made mid 20th century.
See this Gotheorg link:
http://gotheborg.com/marks/20thcenturyjapan.shtml
and scroll to the "Nichi Hon (Nippon)" paragraph.
Regards,
Martin.

Subject:Re: japanese Fukagawa bowl?
Posted By: Giuseppe Tue, Mar 03, 2020

Thanks Martin


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