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Posted 6 years ago


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This was given to me from a family member. That is all I know. Can anyone assist in identifing the pattern and/or history behind this china?

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    It's Satsuma and the factory is Koshida: the mark on the right.

    The mark within the oval is the artist's mark: ...... zan.
    (I'm sorry I can't yet find the top part of the character)

    "Koshida seems to have been a prolific maker of Satsuma from at least the 1880's. Much of their production was decorated by some of the best artists and bears their marks as well as Koshida's. Koshida would have closed about the same time as the Kinkozan factory and the business seems to have reopened post war, either by a family member or by someone simply using a well known name as a cachet."

  2. Lorialise, 6 years ago
    Hello Vetraio50.
    Thank you for the information. So do you think my china was made in the 1880's or sometime post war? Do you have any idea what it might be worth? I have 8 five peice place settings as well as several serving dishes.
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    The interesting part is that there is nothing like "Nippon" or "made in Japan". You have not shown any "English marks"

    "Export marks provide some guidance with dating. U.S. tariff law required that the country of origin be written on exported goods starting in 1890. The pieces stamped “JAPAN” were produced sometime between 1890 and 1922 when the law was rewritten, and requiring “made in” to be added to the mark."

    If you can get someone to translate the artist's mark ( ____-ZAN) and give you the first piece in that part of the puzzle you will be able to use his/her info to more precisely date the set. Given that you have a 'dinner set' then it was made for export. It might be interesting to see the shape of the other pieces. Sometimes the shape of the serving tureens can give you an indication of period.

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