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Japanese Plates

Japanese plates distill the austere beauty and craftsmanship for which the country is known into a utilitarian object that can be used every day. They are prized by collectors for the rich history they embody, as well as for their aesthetic, which appears equally at home hanging on a wall or graced with food on a dining table.

Japanese plates began to grow in popularity around the 17th century as Japanese ceramic artists replicated the Chinese and Korean examples that had recently inundated the country as popular trade items. Japanese plates have remained highly sought after and treasured since the 17th century, and their popularity shows no signs of abating any time soon.

Japanese plates were typically created in a straightforward and unpretentious manner using a potter wheel. While their simple designs are beautiful in their own right, it is really their glazed embellishments that serve as their crowning characteristics. Glazed in stunning blues, carnal reds, and sumptuous gold against a porcelain white, the aesthetic of Japanese plates continues to be like nothing else on Earth.


Quick Facts

  • Many of the the Japanese plates created during the 17th and 18th century catered to the tastes of Western buyers. Often, Dutch traders would create mockups of designs, which they would then send to Japanese artisans for replication
  • Designs of irises, waves, islands, or peonies were painted on Japanese plates in reference to the "Tales of Ise," mythological tales which have been historically popular among the educated elite
  • Old Japanese techniques of glazing and decoration have been retained over centuries. During the '90s, there was a resurgence in the traditional pottery techniques and styles popularized in the 17th century

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Est: AUD150- AUD300
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FOUR JAPANESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN DISHES 19th century and later
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Est: $200- $300
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Jun 13, 11:00 AM EDT
Japanese Blue And White Porcelain Charger, Meiji Era, H 2" Dia. 13.25"
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A LARGE CLOISONNE ENAMEL CHARGER.
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A LARGE CLOISONNE ENAMEL CHARGER.
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Est: CHF1,000- CHF1,500
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Jun 17, 2:15 PM CEST
Presentation plate; Japan, Meiji period, c. 1900. Enameled bronze. Presents hole in the base to hang the plate.
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Est: €350- €400
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Jun 24, 10:00 AM CEST
PLATE WITH CARP DECORATION, PROBABL
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Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
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Jun 29, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Japanese Blue and White Octagonal Plate
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$400 Bids
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Jun 15, 3:00 PM WEST
Large Japanese porcelain 'phoenix' plate
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Est: €180- €240
€1200 Bids
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Jun 15, 3:00 PM WEST
'Phoenix' Arita porcelain dish
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Est: €75- €100
€500 Bids
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Jun 20, 9:00 AM CEST
JAPON - Paire d'assiettes à décor en bleu sous couverte Arita Kakiemon, XVIIIe
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Est: CHF700- CHF800
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Magnificent 56 cm, Japanese Arita blue white porcelain charger, Meiji period, 1885-1912.
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Magnificent 56 cm, Japanese Arita blue white porcelain charger, Meiji period, 1885-1912.
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $10,000- $20,000
$1,5000 Bids
Pair of Japanese plates, probably 19th/early 20th century.
Jun 15, 10:00 AM CEST
Pair of Japanese plates, probably 19th/early 20th century.
by Auktionshaus Wersching
Est: €0- €0
€400 Bids
Collection of Antique 19th C. Japanese Dishes
Jun 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Collection of Antique 19th C. Japanese Dishes
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Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
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Jun 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 2 Porcelain Plates with Naser Al Din Shah Qajar. Marked.
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Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
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large charge
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Est: AUD450- AUD500
AUD800 Bids
A LATE 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CLOISONNE ENAMEL DISH decorated with birds. 15 cm diameter.
Jun 20, 10:00 AM BST
A LATE 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CLOISONNE ENAMEL DISH decorated with birds. 15 cm diameter.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£300 Bids
Een schotel, Japan, Meiji, 19e/20e eeuw
Jun 19, 2:00 PM CEST
Een schotel, Japan, Meiji, 19e/20e eeuw
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Est: €80- €120
€600 Bids
Twee borden, Japan 19e/20e eeuw
Jun 19, 2:00 PM CEST
Twee borden, Japan 19e/20e eeuw
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Est: €100- €150
€800 Bids
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Jun 26, 8:00 PM CEST
A Japanese blue and white charger
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Est: €400- €600
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A Japanese Kakiemon porcelain plate
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