This Japanese Antique ko-Imari 伊万里 Porcelain Namasu Bowl from the late Edo period is very fine. It is a very fine 150 years old. Ko-Imari is the name given to old Imari pre-dating the Meiji period or prior to 1868. This is a very fine example of a ko-Imari bowl in namasu size. Namasu is the word for daily use size plates and bowls between 5.9" and 8.5". It is handmade and hand painted in underglaze blue with overglaze enamels. It is very nicely decorated in sansui underglaze blue and overglaze enamels of nice Imari colors of blue. gold, and red all outlined in gold, with the rim trimmed in gold. Sansui 山水 refers to the design of scenery of mountain & water, a landscape or a seascape, sometimes with a house and a figure. It has a nice tall kodai or foot. It is in excellent Edo period condition with no cracks or chips, it has two small age spots. It is an over the top wonderful Imari bowl.
SIZE: Diameter: 5.8" or 14.73 cm, Height: 1.9" or 4.82 cm
Imari porcelain 伊万里焼
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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