Hand painted geometric blue and white floral pattern on a bowl with antique looking features and shape with a flowing kanji signature on the base

by John Raymond Albastro
(Bulua, Cagayan de Oro city, Mindanao, Philippines)

Hand painted geometric blue and white floral pattern on a bowl/plate

Hand painted geometric blue and white floral pattern on a bowl/plate

Hand painted geometric blue and white floral pattern on a bowl/plate
Hand painted geometric blue and white floral pattern on a bowl
flowing kanji signature on the base
Antique looking features and shape with a flowing kanji signature on the base

Query:- Hand painted geometric blue and white floral pattern on a bowl with antique looking features and shape with a flowing kanji signature on the base


Dear Peter

Good day. The original owner of this plate was a native here in Philippines. He said that when Japanese invaded Philippines some soldier live in there house and brought lots of kind of porcelain like plate, jar, vase, etc.

So when the invasion ends the Japanese left there belongings. Then the Owner use the things left until now. The porcelain was been pass trough generations to generations until one day the native need some money for the medication for here children so he sell his porcelain to a low price.

When he sold it to us we offer him a help so that the porcelain which is a heirloom of his will not just be sold to a low price. There are a lot of people who abuse native people for they are not educated.

So now we are finding buyers for the porcelain we have right now but as I said earlier we can't decide and we don't know the proper prices of the porcelain. please help us, thanks.

Best regards

John

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Hand painted geometric blue and white floral pattern on a bowl with antique looking features and shape with a flowing kanji signature on the base
by: Peter (admin)

John

This is one of the most interesting stories we have ever had in this website in 10 years (time of writing 2016).

This looks very nice old ware - hand painted geometric blue and white floral pattern on a bowl with antique looking features and shape with a flowing kanji signature on the base - but I don't know the mark or the style of ware, so would appreciate help on this one.

Does anyone have any idea??

The plate looks as if it may well be old and for certain it doesn't look like typical export ware from Japan.

I do have lots of questions arising from John's interesting provenance story though....

I find lots of confusing issues arising from this provenance.

First - I don't fully understand the background. Japan invaded the Philippines and occupied it, that much I know. But would the Japanese military be using fine antique china? Wouldn't they have just used fairly utilitarian utensils and plates in a war zone?

Why would they send for their finest china or their best stuff? Whatever happened to tin plates? Would officers have demanded their finest china at their HQ?

I need someone to explain why fine Japanese blue and white hand-painted china would have been brought in with occupying forces. Is this what happened as a matter of course in that culture, or would it have been an unusual occurrence?

Let's get to grips with this fascinating query and get some answers.

Please post if you have something similar or have any knowledge on this subject.

Best regards

Peter (admin)

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