A gorgeous old Japanese antique Imari porcelain plate called Namasu. 膾 Namasu refers to the size and style for various uses, mostly in every day cuisine. This Imari plate is about 130 years old dating to the Meiji period era of 1868-1912. The colors are still bright and vibrant primary colors painted underglaze blue with overglaze enamels. It is decorated in split scenes around the inner walls with different blue and white designs separated by paintings of quails in a yard, with flowers. Of course, it is handmade and handpainted. The art work and detail especially in the areas of the deep royal blue and white is quite incredible, in delicate criss cross patterns.. The center is similar to the Tako Karakusa-or octopus vine , this time done in minute details of flowers. Lovely colors of red, blue, green and orange highlighted in gold and with additional gold designs. There are two gold designs that may be crests. It has a small foot on the bottom in good condition, The outside walls around the edge almost look like it is done in transferware, in blue designs over slightly scallop formed porcelain. But, it is where someone got messy with fingerprints when they were painting and is underglazed, as this piece is painted in both underglaze blue and overglaze of other colors. The foot has three blue rings. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and barely any surface or foot ware.. It is not signed, which is not uncommon for old Imari and antique Japanese porcelains.
SIZE: Diameter 5.9" or 14.98 cms, Height 1.6" or 4.06 cms
Imari porcelain 伊万里
Imari porcelain 伊万里 is the name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyūshū. They were exported to Europe extensively from the port of Imari, Saga, between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century. Ko-Imari refers to any "old" Imari made prior to the beginning of the Meiji period in 1868. The Japanese as well as Europeans called them Imari. In Japanese, these porcelains are also known as Arita-yaki (有田焼)
"Imari" was simply the transshipment port for Arita wares. There are many "styles" including Nabeshima and Kakiemon. It was the kilns at Arita which formed the heart of the Japanese porcelain industry.
Though sophisticated wares in authentic Japanese styles were being made at Arita for the fastidious home market, European–style designations of Arita porcelain were formed after blue and white kraak porcelains, imitating Chinese underglaze "blue-and-white" wares, or made use of enamel colors over underglazes of cobalt blue and iron red. The ware often used copious gilding, sometimes with spare isolated sprigged vignettes, but often densely patterned in compartments. Imari or Arita porcelain has been continually produced up through the present day.
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