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Japan - Pg. 1
The notice on this subject is necessarily short because of the limited interest in Japanese ceramics. Pottery was made in Japan from the earliest times. Porcelain was first produced about 1515. The marks on Japanese pottery are generally stamped, painted or incised. Stamps and seals are frequently found. Much old porcelain is unmarked and generally it was not until the 19th century that the individual potters put their names on their wares. Important oriental marks were frequently copied. Many Japanese marks are written in Chinese.
1-3 Japanese dates. (Nengo) .
4 This mark with other characters belongs to the 19th century. Dai Nippon.
5 Dai Nippon Kutani zo. "Made at Kutani in Great Japan." This is illustrative of a great many 19th century marks.
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