iroe plate designed with maru (round) -mon(pattern) 色絵丸文皿
size : diameter about 13.2 cm diameter height about 2.4 cm
condition : all 5 plates are smooth and beautiful, but one has very shallow crack on the surface (kan-nyu 貫入).
This work was burned through improving the five colors of paints (kutani gosai 九谷五彩) and overpainting in addition to skillful foundation. “Iwa Hanado” was the first pottery to produce a white body in Kanazawa, and the pattern was carefully painted on the white body. Although they are middle plates, the maru (round) -mon(pattern) is clearly visible with the five colors of paints.
It is a wonderful molding. The lip that extends outward from the flat surface opens outward and rises about 3 mm at the edge of the lip. Large flat bowls such as Ko-kutani also have two-stage bowls that are molded by rokuro, but it is believed that in the Meiji period, small and medium-sized plates were produced in large quantities but are elaborately shaped. Probably, that method is considered that they were molded by embossing after rokuro molding.
This kiln used bottom inscription like “Kutani Iwahana-do” or “Kinjo Iwahana-do”. On the other side, “double-kaku fuku (福)” is written on the back of this work, and “Kinjo Iwahana-do” is written on the wooden box. Some of them are co-written and “Kinjo Iwahana” is stanped. In the early Meiji period, only “kaku-fuku” is written as the inscription, and many works that express the love and respect to ko-kutani have been passed on.
about creater iwahana-do 岩花堂
Now “Fujioka Iwahana-do” (1882-1897) has left behind many excellent works within the range of white porcelain, blue and white porcelain, colored paintings and, red and gold. This indicates that this kiln was outstanding among the several kiln in Kanazawa at that time. This is due to improvements in paints and overpainting in addition to skillful body making.
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