-This Japanese antique Imari Hishigata-Zara diamond or a rhombus shaped plate called logenze shape. It is handmade and hand painted in underglaze blue with overglaze enamels. It dates to the mid to late 1800s, either Edo or Meiji period 19th century, we think it is on the older side. The hishigata-zara shaped plate is nicely formed and beveled up in low relief scrolling each corner and carefully molded in layers on the inside. It is highly decorative. The design on each opposite side is of a home and landscape called sansui; in the center a design called Sho- Chiki- Bai, written 竹梅 which means the ‘Three friends of Winter’ or pine, bamboo, and plum. On the back a combination of traditional Imari designs, one is ishidatami and the ribbon design shippo-tsunagi. It is signed by the potter with an old Imari kiln mark similar to one we have seen but have not yet matched it. This plate is in excellent condition for its age, cracks, chips, and with very little age related surface wear, no age marks that I can see. Please remember it is old and there will always be something, use the pictures for the condition report. It sits on a nicely formed and age appropriate foot or kodai which is the only place there is some wear. As usual my apologies end up with shadows and glare, but there are no spots on the bowl. Please see our other antique and vintage Imari and Arita porcelains. This one is a very beautiful, warm and graceful small Imari plate.
SIZE: Approximately: Width 6 3/4” or 17.14 cm, Height 4 1/2" or 10.16 cm
伊万里 Imari porcelains
Imari porcelain 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. 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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