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The Japanese Chinaware

Thursday, 04 December 2008

japanese chinawareToday the Japanese Chinaware is the most demanded and beloved china ware all over Europe and in the rest of the world today for its sophisticated looks and the elegant shapes. The trend in using the Japanese pieces of the interior at home has also done its bit to increase the value and demand for the chinaware.

The Japanese Chinaware was invented much later than the Chinese countertype but still has its own large history and has done a lot to the culture of the Rising Sun Country firstly due to the popular tea ceremonies of Japan where the chinaware played its part of not only being the container for the drinks but also as a factor that increased the delight of the ceremony with its looks.

From the beginning of time the Japanese Chinaware has always being valued above gold and only the richest and most prosperous families could afford buying it. China was such a precious gift that as a present it could easily settle down international conflicts. The chinaware has always been kept carefully and was showed rarely to the public and if so, it was the display of the great taste and unbelievable magnificence.

The Sazuma, Kutani, Arita chinaware is very well-known all around the world for its sophisticated beauty. The chinaware of this class is being stored at specially created places in Japanese houses such as alcoves or wooden supports or low tables. Those supports are seen as a part of the flower composition but still are being independent interior pieces which create a specific tone in the whole area of the room.

Magnificent vases, bowls and dishes from the Arita workshop became famous in Europe in 17th century as the precious and expensive pieces of interior which were demanded by all monarchs and kings. Those exotic bowls and vases painted all over the surface with bright colors, golden and silver ornaments depicting flowers, herbs, dragons, wonderful birds, animals, episodes from the samurai lives, those bowls were bringing the spirit of the faraway and unknown land.

The unbelievable fame came to the workshop in the 17th century after a talented master called Kakiemon came up with the idea of the multicolor painting of the goods. The forms of the goods were up to the merchants that would order a specific amount of chinaware according to the catalogues of chinaware which usually were Chinese. The requests usually included dishes, bowls, vases, teapots, jars and pitchers all of which were usually sold in pairs for chimney stands in the aristocratic houses of Europe.

Despite the popularity in Europe Japanese chinaware was still very popular at the domestic markets. It was served as decoration items in samurais' houses and that of prosperous merchants. The precious chinaware indeed became a popular decoration in European houses as well as those in the east.

It is rather interesting that master Kakiemon never marked his products and therefore all of the goods he had made were simply known as Japanese chinaware in Western Europe, South-Eastern Asia and even in India. It is only in the second half of the nineteenth century that the European antiquarians and collectors have introduced the name of Kakiemon that from there on meant the belonging of the chinaware to the Arita workshop.

There was however another name for this specific type of chinaware. Due to the fact that the Japanese chinaware came to Europe through the Imari harbor the chinaware was long known in Europe as the Imari style china.

Today at the world's auction houses the Japanese chinaware of 17th or 18th centuries is as rare as it was hundred years ago. The prices for the items o the Japanese chinaware at the auction houses vary from forty to ninety thousand us dollars. Tom Cruise, Sharon Stone, Elton John and Whitney Houston are very well-known for their passion and love for the Japanese chinaware.

 Recent Japanese chinaware is also admired by many. And if speaking about bone china then the advantages of the Japanese factory Noritake are simply unquestionable.

Glassy in the light and richly decorated with the natural gold and platinum the Noritake white chinaware is occupying one of the first places at the international chinaware whiteness lists. The major part of Noritake production is filled with the gift sets and with items made in Japanese styles.

The table sets are usually produced at the small amounts by Noritake and therefore the chinaware becomes a part of the antiques category as soon as it is produced which increases the sets' price from year to year. The chinaware is unique with its beauty since it's made from natural and ecologically positive ingredients and materials. The chinaware is unique in its olive tincture and the ingredient composition.

Chinaware has always been valued from the ancient times until now and was considered as the major indication of a family's prosperity and sufficiency. A sophisticated chinaware set could very easily indicate the owner's taste and social status without any words. Currently with the chinaware being even more popular and subject to a great range of sets to choose, one is only troubled by where to get something exclusive and unique. Yet, Japanese china ware is still the very item to find the way out, you won't loose.

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Joe Oglesby   |2010-06-05 02:36:01
I have a large plate, 141/2 in. across,with a pretty blue flower on it. It has the name of ONO in japanese and english and the word JAPAN on the back. Can you tell me anything about this plate. Thanks Joe
Kathy   |2010-09-07 16:24:46
I have china from Japan that was my mother's when she lived in Japan. It is white with a Japanese bamboo print in silver. Can you tell me anything about it? It is a whole set except for a few cups.
Linda Dove  - Hand Painted Japan dishes   |2011-03-21 13:50:00
Looking for price on these dishes..on bottom says funat suki china...the tea cups you can see a woman's face in bottom of cup when held up to light.

Thank you for any assistance in this matter.
Mike Calderon   |2011-07-25 00:57:17
I also have a hand painted piece from the same company, Funat Suki China. My piece is a sake or tea carafe with a small cup, also with the woman in the bottom. I've searched everywhere and havent been able to find any info on the company. I would also appreciate assistance in this. Thanks in advance.
Beatrice  - How old or not is it?   |2011-08-23 22:47:15
I'm TRYING to find out if a friends chinaware is old or not. He thinks that one set was made in the 1600's. It is Mikuni China made in Japan, Dresden Rose pattern. Another, is Noritake M made in Japan, Adams pattern. The last is made in China. There are chinese characters and in green There seems to be an urn in the bottom of a large V. Is there anyone that can help? Thank You!
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