Subject:Re: ID bowl and underplate set
Posted By: Martin Michels Thu, Jun 27, 2019
Seto ware, mark of Kato Shunko 1st.
Marked: Shunko 春光 Sei 製 = Made by Shunko.
Shunko was an ardent student of pottery techniques and traditions originating beyond Japan. He established a pottery in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, around 1875 and started to export Seto ware about 1881-1882. He worked assiduously to expand his business to become Seto's largest factory, providing Morimura-kumi (export) with both clay and unfired pottery blanks. His porcelain works are noted for their thinness and beautiful shapes.
Later his wares began to be sold by the Morimura Group, which ultimately established Noritake. Thus, his wares are so-called "pre-Nippon", early examples of Japanese ware for Western markets and are sometimes grouped with "Old Noritake", though actually pre-dating Noritake.