Some recent finds

These are my most recent buys at auction. They were sold as shoki Imari.  I am now pretty sure they are in fact good reproductions of shoki Imari but there is also a Kakiemon in the bunch. I was very excited to find such good matches for the marks in my references. The plate I bought at the first auction, the one that has the exact match in the book is in fact genuine and Ko Imari.

As I was researching the plates  I came across the photos I have posted from books.


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6 Responses to “Some recent finds”

  1. Andrea Kobayashi Says:

    Oooooo nice, nice finds!! Way to go. Omedetou!

  2. Lex Burkett Says:

    Nice plates but the correct term for them all is Ko Imari.
    Two would be Kakiemon and the others Arita.
    Shoki denotes the very first period of porcelain production in Japan that was supervised or actually made by Korean potters brought to Japan after the war where Japan invaded Korea. The shoki imari shows very much the Korean influence and runs from about 1620 to 1640. Google in Ri Sampi . He is credited as the first real porcelain maker in Japan.
    Best Regards,


    • togeii Says:

      Hello Lex,
      Thanks for the comment.
      They are called Imari here in Japan.
      Other than that it looks like we are both wrong. They are recent reproductions. They don’t match either Kakiemon or Imari of the period.


  3. Chris Madonna Says:

    Hello Friend,

    Your Kakiemon ware piece is exactly the same item as item number 11, page 21, Shibata collection, part 5. The mark is even identical along with the design on the back side. These early pieces actually look very new, but are not. Yours is dated 1670-1690, considering the design on the front, the design on the back and the mark. Without having the item in-hand its hard for me to say, but I would lean towards your Kakiemon style piece being an antique. You have a good eye for the old pieces.

    Thank you,

    Chris Madonna

    • togeii Says:

      Hello Chris,
      Thank you for your comment and compliment.
      I am unsure too. It is very difficult to tell. I am going to look at the Shibata book and do some comparing.

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