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Subject:porcelain maker mark?
Posted By: CHARLES WEHRENBERG Sun, Aug 23, 2020 IP: 2600:1700:dea0:def0:

Can anyone identify this maker mark? I have no reason to believe this imari style plate is either very old or very new. It is old enough to show discoloration along the tiny inner surface cracks. the atypical shape and off-white background suggest it may be other than Chinese, perhaps Japanese...

Subject:Re: porcelain maker mark?
Posted By: Bill H Mon, Aug 24, 2020

This mark (shown upside down in the first image) appears to be on a fairly modern dish, probably dating to the late 20th century or subsequently. I found information at one site indicating it may be pronounced 'Hachi-shu', a term meaning Japan's 'Eight provinces of the Edo Period'. The mark shown on the website was in red, with 'IMPERIAL IMARI' above it in two lines and 'JAPAN' beneath.

Hopefully, the forum's Japanese experts will weigh in with their expert commentaries.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: porcelain maker mark?
Posted By: Martin Michels Mon, Aug 24, 2020

Bill is right, in Sino-Japanese (ON-reading) the characters 八州 spell Hachi-shu (pronounced Hasshu), meaning 8 provinces.
IMO this is a name: Yasu in native Japanese KUN-reading. Probably 1930's. However, I have no information about this studio or person.
There are marks like this with text above like: Imari, Imperial Imari, Old Gorgeous Imari and Kutani, in some cases with the text "Japan" underneath such marks.
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