Kikkagata Zara-Chrysanthemum Shaped Plate
A 19th century plate in the “Kikka” (菊花) chrysanthemum motif.
It was painted in the town of Daishoji, which existed in the center of present-day Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture until the early Showa period. From the early Meiji period to the Showa period, it was produced in large quantities in the area of the former Daishoji domain in response to orders from Japan and overseas.
Towards the end of the Edo period, the Daishoji clan, which owned the Daishoji area in Enuma county, invited a potter from Kyoto, Eiraku Wazen, for industrial promotion, which is said to be the beginning of Daishoji ware. In the Meiji era, when the clan lost its protection due to the abolition of the domain, demand for Daishoji pottery decreased, and the potters began to copy Imari ware in earnest.