We have an exceptional set of six (6) SNB Shofu Nagoya 24K hand gilded porcelain dessert or side plates. Featuring a unique and graceful petal-over-petal molded rim design, the background color of this lovely six piece set is a rich cream on the rim, with a center of pure white that showcases the transparency of the porcelain. Three rich rings of 24K gilding with gold moriage slip trailing, enameling and filligree work adorn these small 6-1/8" diameter plates, with two of the gold bands – those bordering the verge and the center - a full 3/8" wide. And as if the plates were not yet sumptuous enough, they also have a rich transfer pattern of five roses - three pale yellow and two deep pink - ranging from a delicate bud to the fullest bloom of summer. A skilled artist then used enameling to add depth and texture to the roses.
This is a very old set - at least 100 years old - and it is remarkable that we have six, absolutely perfect plates to offer! The backstamp on these exquisite SNB Shofu Nagoya porcelain plates is the Nippon cherry blossom mark (see our photograph), so we know that the plates were produced by Shofu Toki Goshi Kaisha (the Shofu Company) for export during the Meiji era (September, 1868 through July, 1912). The magenta cherry blossom mark is one of the lesser known Nippon marks, and the initials 'SNB' tell us that the plates were manufactured at the Shofu company's Nagoya Branch.
We invite you to examine our photographs carefully so you may fully appreciate these remarkable plates: linger upon the exquisite hand-painted gilding, beading and moriage, as well as the deft enameling on the roses. These small plates are impressive works of art, and a glimpse into a world long since blasted away by time, technology and two World Wars.