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|Re: Need Help Identifying the maker of a Japanese plate|
Posted By: Bill H
Posted Date: Jul 11, 2020 (10:38 AM)
Whether or not the company you located has a connection to your plate is problematic. The base-mark is the Japanese and standard Chinese and Korean character for "Long Life" and one of the most auspicious characters in those languages. As such, it is a prime choice for use as a name by commercial enterprises, especially foodstuff and medicinal potion makers, restaurants and associated businesses. My Google searches found a Kotobuki Trading Company in South San Francisco, California, which imports various kinds of dishes and other ceramics into the USA, and has a prominent 'Kotobuki' character on its paper label. There's a Kotobuki district in Yokohama that actually is (or was) a run down area for homeless persons and transient laborers for the Port of Yokohama, but I couldn't find a "Kotobuki" kiln in Japan. So finding a specific maker may be a chore (unless one of the forum's Japanese experts has other resources at hand).
In my opinion, your dish looks a bit like the 'luster ware' (or 'lustre ware') that Japan exported from around the 1920s through mid-20th century. The luster is difficult to see in some photos, but you should be able to detect it if present by looking at the dish under the proper lighting.
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