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Post by eshearm on July 17th 2014, 10:17 am

Hi, has anyone seen this mark before or have any idea on the potter?  The larger one is about 12" tall.





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Post by NaomiM on July 17th 2014, 11:58 am

Looks like a deer or stag. Possibly Danish.

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Post by studio-pots on July 17th 2014, 11:28 pm

Can't really see the mark clearly in your image but the clay body and the shapes are not typically Japanese. That doesn't mean that they weren't made there though.

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Post by eshearm on July 18th 2014, 7:36 am

Just taken an imprint with blue tac it's much clearer will uptake later, kindests E
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Post by eshearm on July 18th 2014, 9:51 am

This of course is a mirror image, attached three to see if it helps,





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Post by NaomiM on July 18th 2014, 6:02 pm

Actually makes it more difficult when it's a 'negative; impression, but I'm still seeing a deer.

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Post by studio-pots on July 18th 2014, 6:57 pm

I can't be sure but the mark could well be Japanese but it isn't going to help me with an identification. Are you more certain that it is a Japanese mark, eshearm, after seeing your impression?

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Post by eshearm on July 19th 2014, 8:10 am

Hi studio-pots, I am and I have taken a pic through my large eye piece and it looks japanese, like Naomi said it looks so Danish which is what was confusing me! May be a japanese potter working in Denmark?! They are fab though and look great together, I think this may remain one of those many pot mysteries, thanks guys x
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Post by dantheman on July 19th 2014, 8:39 am

I still cant see Shocked could you take a closer pic and maybe ink it up for definition?

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Post by eshearm on July 19th 2014, 7:58 pm

Will up load closer pic tomorrow thanks
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Post by eshearm on July 20th 2014, 7:57 am

As promised, think this is the best i can do







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Post by studio-pots on July 20th 2014, 4:54 pm

It looks like a Japanese mark, as you say - I'll keep my eyes open but don't hold your breath.

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Post by eshearm on July 20th 2014, 5:11 pm

Cheers studio pots, they are sat on my kitchen dresser and not going anywhere! X
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Post by eshearm on August 19th 2014, 8:43 pm

Hi, this is confirmed asa japanese mark that reads "seizan" not greatly helpful as a common word in japan, but expert thought it meant the potter, but as yet no link with a studio potter with this sign!
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Post by studio-pots on August 19th 2014, 9:14 pm

I have just checked and the same kanji characters also translate as the Japanese family name Nishiyama so that might be another option.

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Post by eshearm on August 20th 2014, 7:58 am

well there you go! thanks studio-pots another avenue! x
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