19th Century Japanese Igezara Transferware Plate – Willow Pattern

19th Century Japanese Igezara Transferware Plate – Willow Pattern


Meiji period (1868-1912) transferware plate decorated with Japanese adaptation of willow pattern.


Dimensions: Approximately 9½


Diamond diaper panel border with four cartouches containing images of individuals standing and riding.


Impressed unreadable square kiln mark on the reverse.


The plate is heavily potted, as is the case with Izegara wares.


Most typically, the pieces have a brown edge around the rim and the rim itself has “pie crust” ridges molded into it.


This piece has neither the brown edge nor the “pie crust” rim, but otherwise exhibits all the features of Igezara.


"Igezara" is a term applied to heavy, durable, everyday porcelain produced in Japan from near the end of the Edo Period (mid 1800's) until early Taisho (early 1900's), although the generally accepted period for Igezara wares is 1880 – 1910.


Izegara ware was produced in Arita, Saga in Kyushu, and Gifu.


Unlike fine porcelain like Imari and Kutani that were hand painted."Igezara" items were transferware, produced by transferring designs initially created on copper plates, similar to transferware produced in Staffordshire England at the beginning of the 19th century.


"Igezara" was mass produced for everyday use and made primarily for the Japanese market. Accordingly, it is usually thickly potted so withstand wear and tear of daily use.


The name "Igezara" comes from two Japanese words: "Ige" means "notch or thorn" and the term refers to the pie-like indentations often found around the rim of many plates. "Zara" or "sara" means "plate" in Japanese.


Seaton, “Izegara, Printed China”


Condition/issues: Minor firing flaw, otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.