Highly sought after Nabeshima porcelains are some of the most beautiful Arita porcelains with used Vintage pieces being harder to find. This Japanese koro or incense burner is not a small one standing 5.9" high and 5.1 wide. The mark of Nabeshima, the Arita kiln and the signature of the potter is written on the bottom. The tomobako (original wooden box with the signature of the potter) is also included which is very important to the value of and care for the piece.. It was made about 30 years ago and is in vintage excellent condition (no cracks or chips). There may be some age wear to the paint or surface. Please see more below about the history of Nabeshima.
SIZE: Diameter at widest point:. 5.1" or 13.0 cms, Height 5.9" or 15.0cms
History of Nabeshima 鍋島
Nabeshima ware continues to be made to this day and is usually grouped under Arita. There are different kilns that make Nabeshima. HIstorically, most of Nabeshima porcelain made between the Enpou era (1673-1681) and around 1750 have been colored with four colors; red, blue, green, yellow, and the designs were adopted from plants or patterns on kimonos. The elaborated, striking, and original expressions found on these wares make it seem impossible that they were three hundreds years ago! They possess a beauty which can be shared today.
Nabeshima is a supreme porcelain ware manufactured at Nabeshima feudal kiln (Saga prefecture today) under strict supervision during the Edo period. It is considered that the birth of Nabeshima porcelain had aimed to stabilize the relationship with the Tokugawa shogun family and other influences by presenting them as homage instead of popular and valuable Chinese porcelain.
From the mid 17th century onward many of these opulent and often highly ornamental pieces were shipped abroad from the port of Imari, resulting in all pieces crafted in and around the area ( ie. Arita and Nabeshima) being grouped together under the IMARI label. Therefore, the Japanese as well as Europeans called them Imari. There is still unsolved history about the Nabeshima feudal kiln, although it is accepted that the kiln had matured at Ookawachi in the end. After moving to Ookawachi around 1670, the Lord of Nabeshima had begun to appoint the superintendent for the kiln and ordered strict supervision closed to the outside in order to keep their technical developments secret.
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