This Japanese vIntage Imari (伊万里) porcelain plate is very nicely made and decorated. It appears to have been made between the years 1920 and 1940, during the Taisho or early Showa periods. One item we used to judge the age of a plate are the stilt or spur marks created on the kiln rack. After the early 20th century, racks were no longer used in the same manner, and plates no longer had stilt marks- even from the kiln. Additionally, the foot or kodai of older plates are taller. It is possible this is just a little older, but most likely as stated. Nakazara refers to the size of the plate, usually the size between 8 1/4 up to 10", and are also called chuzara. As we just found out, It is actually decorated with noshi, which is an awabi design of dried abalone, including dried seafood sticks wrapped in paper. I would have never got that one right. It is also decorated all around the rest of the border with a floral motif of orange, brown and green. The contrasting center of blue and white shows two people walking underneath a canopy of trees, all under glaze. The bottom border is also decorated in underglaze hand painting and two blue rings around the foot. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips, and a very nice example of an old Imari porcelain plate. There is a little surface wear to the blue line around the very edge of the plate. Of course it is a vintage piece and may have some age wear, please use the pictures to complete the description. Please see our other three + pages of Imari ware, of all shapes, sizes, motifs, ages, and prices! We are always willing to discount multiple item purchase especially when "same type" items are purchased. Please ask!
SIZE: Diameter 8 1/2" or 21.59 cm, Height 1 1/2" or 3.81 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 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.
See more history of Imari on Gotheborg's, and the several links to other Imari sites in our "Favorites" links on our Homepage; as well as many sites on the internet.
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