This Japanese antique Imari lidded porcelain dish decorated in the Nankin-akae Style is a gorgeous piece. It is over 100 years old dating to the Meiji period, 1868-1912. It is finely decorated in an old Chinese style called Nankin-Akae. Nankin is a Chinese word and -akae means deep red in Japanese. A beautiful handmade piece in fine white porcelain, or Haku Ji Hakuji is Japanese white porcelain originally made from a superior white-stoned clay thought to be discovered in the early 17th century at Izumiyama, or Izumi Mountain of Arita. It has a wonderful shape, slightly ballooning out on the bottom. It is very highly decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels in gorgeous bright colors of red, blue. green and yellow decorations of the Nankin akae style. which includes a dragon on the lid rim and phoenix on the top, surrounded by many flowers and the ocean.
The mythological phoenix has many stories not only in Asia but all over the world and in many religions, since it symbolizes rebirth, in general. The finial is a beautiful piece of blue rectangles put together into one. It is in very good antique condition with serious damages. It does have minor age wear between the lid and bottom which is a common area for wear. There is one little spot that has something similar to the gold repair on the rim. I ran out of room please email me for the picture, it is about 3 mm. It is marked with a very old Imari mark on the bottom. It is for sure an old kiln mark, could be a Hizen or family kiln name. I have a hunch it is an important old kiln, due to its similarities to other marks I have seen. And, it could date to earlier in the 19th c. I have looked several places for it for some time, and I continue to research as always, sometimes even after our customer make purchases.bb
SIZE: Diameter 5.3" or 13.46 cm. Height 3.7" or 9.4 cm. Weight 640 grams + Box 250 grams or 2 lbs pre-packed
Nanking 南京 porcelain
Nanking porcelain, Pinyin Nanjing, Chinese blue-and-white porcelain made for export during the Qing dynasty especially in the reign of Kangxi, 1661–1722 at Jingdezhen. It was shipped to Europe in great quantity from the port of Nanking or Nanjing; as a result, Western dealers in the 19th century used the city’s name when referring to the porcelain.
Though the porcelain was made for export, the shapes and decoration were mostly from Chinese traditions. The porcelain varied in quality; the glaze could become very gray and the decoration was often rudimentary. Much of the polychrome porcelain known as Canton ware was actually produced in white at Nanking and sent to Canton for painting. English potters extensively copied and adapted Nanking decoration. From the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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