A beautiful and large vintage Imari porcelain sake bottle with a gorgeous underglaze flower of botan or peony flower painting and cho or butterflies. We believe this dates to the early 20th century-possibly older. One can see the lines where it was spun on the potters wheel and handmade. We have seen some as old as 200 years old but this one is in such good condition it is hard to tell. It is made in the shape of the tokkuri or sake bottle most like the one called Rakyou shape. This style Imari sake bottle has been used and made for hundreds of years, so it could be older. It is very finely decorated in underglaze blue, and of course handmade. It is handpainted in gorgeous underglaze cobalt blue . It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips, there is some minor age wear to the foot or kodai. It is a very heavy tokkuri most likely made for warmed sake.
SIZE: Height 9.8" or 24.89 cm, Diameter at widest 5.9" or 14.98 cm. It weighs a little over 2 lbs.
Imari porcelain 伊万里焼 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 the trans-shipment 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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