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are they real or fake?

by Sal Kahil
(Vancouver BC Canada)

whole serving ...

whole serving ...

They came from an elderly couple's house
i wonder if the are original of fake?
maker's period?
they are
13" long approx
10" and 11" high
best regards,

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Mar 11, 2011
tureen and plate
by: peter

Hi, thanks for the larger pictures.
It was exactly what I suspected. This is handpainted, no doubt. Both, the tureen and plate are the same.
The porcelain painter tried to depict Japanese ladies in kimono, apparently. Unfortunately, he/she got the hairdo and clothing wrong. They probably looked at pictures and did not know the real thing.
Despite the motif it cannot be made by Japanese. Anyone having lived in Japan knows that these figures are not right.

Just to mention the clothing, kimono is a garment worn tight around the body, except the sleeves. The wide flowing skirt-like appearance is wrong for Japanese traditional clothing. Then they seem to be wearing shoes. Japanese never wore or wear shoes in traditional clothing. It is unthinkable and would look ridiculous.
Thus, I think it probably was made in China, perhaps in the last few decades of the 20th century.

Mar 11, 2011
by: peter

Hi, I can't see clearly if the figures look like Japanese, but this for sure looks as something recent.

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