Sold - I810N Post WWII Occupied Japan (1946 - 1952) Japanese eggshell porcelain coffee set
Post WWII Occupied Japan (1946 - 1952) Japanese eggshell porcelain coffee set ($150)
From Kutani, Japan
Coffee pot H: 150mm
Jug H: 70mm
(Coffee pot: $55, Jug and bowl: $35, Demitasse: $12 each)
Japanese Egg shell porcelain.
Egg shell porcelain was a Chinese invention produced during the Ming Dynasty during the reign of Yongle (1402 - 1424). It was characterized by an excessively thin body under the glaze. It often had decoration engraved on it before firing, like a watermark on paper, which was visible only when held to the light. Such decoration is called Ahnhua, meaning literally 'secret language'. In Japan production of egg shell porcelain commenced around 1790 at Miakwachi, where Hirado ware of clear white body are found with decorations in underglaze blue and relief ware of subjects such as landscapes and Chinese boys playing.
From around 1837 egg shell porcelain in large quantities, especially coffee sets for Europe were made at Mikawachi. The clay from Amakusa, nearby, had an ability to hold its shape and details, and its flawless purity, when refined, are characteristic of the relief work for which Hiardo ware is famous.
This coffee set is from Kutami, an area not normally associated with egg shell porcelain.
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From Sold -2014