Subject:Re: Edo Zoshuntei vase?
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Oct 15, 2016
Further to my earlier comment, in his book "Hirado Prince of Porcelains", Louis Lawrence says that Hisatomi Yajibei had established a workshop at the Hirado kiln site of Mikawachi by 1841 in order to supply "colorfully decorated" wares to Dutch traders at Nagasaki. He further specifies that the decoration was "overglaze" and that large quantities bore the 'Zoshuntei Sampo' mark." This mark is illustrated as No. 96 in Appendix Six of the book, again specified as "overglaze" but not specifically dated.
James Lord Bowes, in his 1882 "Japanese Marks & Seals", dates the "Zo-shun-tei San Ho" (variant) mark even earlier, citing an example in red on porcelain dating to around 1820 and in blue on a from circa 1837. I also have a cup & saucer cup with a Zoshuntei Sampo mark on one piece and Qianlong on the other, which I used to think was Meiji but have been convinced by Guy and others to believe is earlier (see below link and secondary link within it).
However, while your vase looks from its decoration to compare well with other late Edo Japanese shonzui motifs I've seen in print, I've come across no firm documentation of a date for its version of the Zoshuntei mark. On the other hand, here's another link immediately below of what looks to be the same mark as yours, but in red, on an eBay seller's platter with decoration I heretofore and still associate with Meiji-period decoration bearing Zoshuntei Sampo as well as Hichozan and Fukagawa marks. Examples of such Zoshuntei-marked wares are shown in the second and third images below.
I certainly hope we hear from Guy and other advanced collectors of Japanese porcelains on this one.
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