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Post by NaomiM September 18th 2016, 4:42 pm

Japanese Meiji (late 19thC-early 20thC) porcelain plate. Seto ware (Seto Zo)

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Post by studio-pots September 18th 2016, 5:04 pm

Strictly speaking Seto ware is stoneware pottery produced in and around Seto in Aichi Prefecture in Japan and it was the location of one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. This type of ware was made from 12th/13th century and continues to be made up to this day.

The porcelain plate is factory made from the Seto area but is nothing like traditional Seto pottery and indeed setomono is used as a generic term for factory produced pottery in Japan.

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Post by studio-pots September 18th 2016, 5:28 pm

The teabowl below is one of the typical styles of Seto-yaki and is known as Ki-Seto (yellow Seto). It was made by Sho Kato (1927 - 2001), who was an Intangible Cultural Property of Aichi Prefecture.


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Post by NaomiM September 18th 2016, 6:25 pm

Indeed. This is Seto Sei from the much later Meiji period, made in the Seto area of Japan.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/175077504243869172/

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Post by Ejp August 31st 2020, 11:01 am

Good morning everyone, I am wondering if you could possibly help? I bid at auction for the first time. These two jugs were part of the lot. They appear to be matching and hand decorated but I have no idea as to their origin. There's a mark on the bottom but I can't tell what if says. I am wondering if they're Japanese? Thanks a lot.

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Post by NaomiM August 31st 2020, 1:21 pm

The mark is a couple of kanji characters and the style looks Asian but I’m not sure if it’s Japanese or made in one of the smaller countries like Korea or Thailand. If you can get a clear image of it by pencil rubbing or smearing marmite over it then you could try matching it to the marks on the Gotheborg website of 20thC Chinese and Japanese Marks. I don’t think they are particularly old; latter half of the 20thC maybe. Although the form might be earlier; they tended to pass the styles down the generations.

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Post by Ejp August 31st 2020, 2:03 pm

Thanks a lot for your reply, it's really helpful. I'll try a pencil rubbing!
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Post by NaomiM August 31st 2020, 3:59 pm

Moved to ID My Pottery as it's not been identified yet

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Post by NaomiM August 31st 2020, 4:03 pm

Found some similar ones by searching on Japanese celadon porcelain:
Seto Celadon, Late Meiji (beginning of the 20thC) onwards

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Post by Ejp August 31st 2020, 4:20 pm

Hi Naomi, I think you are spot on. Thanks a lot. There are similar ones online with exactly the same shade of green and a very similar blossom design. The base is also the same and has 12 sides.
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Post by aiko September 1st 2020, 12:04 pm

I shoud  a bit older thnr you guys because i cant see/read the mark Laughter Laughter . what i can see is the foot rim;   the half glazed foot rim and the shape of the impressed mark looks odd.
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There are a lot of fakes at the market so plz be crefull when you seraching on pics and you find similar ones.
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Post by Ejp September 1st 2020, 12:27 pm

Hi Aiko, thanks for your reply. It's not actually glazed on the base, I think it's the light.
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Post by aiko September 1st 2020, 1:06 pm

i ment the foot rim; normally the bottom of a piece is or celadon glazed or clear glazed; celadon glaze inside footrim is odd
if the bottom is unglazed its most likely a recent piece or a repro i'm affraid
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Japanese Seto Zo / Sei Empty Celadon cup and saucer - Japanese Seto ware

Post by abstract toad January 12th 2021, 11:54 am

Can I get your thoughts on this one please. I'm thinking 19th century, possibly Chinese but I am in no way certain. Nice duo, but not particularly fine, feels a bit clunky when compared to some of the blue & white pieces from China that I really do like.
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Post by NaomiM January 12th 2021, 1:09 pm

Japanese Seto celadon ware. Late 19thC to 20thC. You haven't shown the handle but the cup shape looks 20thC

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Post by abstract toad January 12th 2021, 1:16 pm

Thanks Naomi, very grateful.
Bamboo handle, will upload a pic 👍
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Post by NaomiM January 12th 2021, 1:26 pm

That looks an early handle so it could be c.1900

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Post by abstract toad January 12th 2021, 1:27 pm

Thanks Naomi, your a gem 🌞
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