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HISTORY. This factory was established at Mikawachi in the province of Hizen, under the patronage of the feudal lord. In 1750, Matsura, the lord of Hirado con verted it into a private factory and from then until 1830 the finest porcelain in Japan is reputed to have been made there. The paste and glaze were of a quality far superior to anything produced in the other factories.

The painted ware was decorated altogether in underglaze blue and the drawing exhibited exquisite delicacy. Some of the ware shewed engraving and modelling in the paste, delicate piercings and frettings were employed, and egg-shell pieces were also made. Modeled figures, too, were fashioned and glazed with colored glazes.

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