This Japanese Antique Edo Imari porcelain large platter is decorated in indigo blue and white floral painting. The color blue for this plate is called Bero Ai 'ベロアイ' in Japanese. Bero was derived from Berlin, and Ai means indigo blue. When at the end of the 19th century, Japan opened the country and started to import many kinds of stuff including indigo dye from Europe, this is when some people called that blue ‘Bero-Ai’. At 150 years old, it dates to the end of the Edo period of the 19th century, or pre-1868, so are considered ko-imari or old imari. It is a very large platter at 14 1/2 inches and great for holiday or other serving. This ko-Imari platter is handmade, and blue under glaze cobalt blue hand painted on very fine white porcelain. This is a quality piece. The hand work is incredible, very detailed, and shaded in such an artful manner, It has a nice upward curve of the outer rim, much like Nabeshima. it probably should be hung on a wall. The bottom rims are also painted in traditional old Imari designs, the foot or kodai in a comb pattern. It is in very good 150-year-old condition, it has just a few minor chips which have been glazed over, as can be seen in the pictures, Of course the one on the bottom which is the worst is not noticeable when used for decorating. A gorgeous, fine, old Imari porcelain platter.
Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is from a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece.
SIZE: Diameter 14 1/2" or 36.83 cm, Height 3 1/2" or 8.89 cm. Weighing is 2750 grams or 6.06 lbs. Retail ground may be the best shipping option for pricing.
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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. Evidently there is possible some relationship to Hasami Porcelain for this piece, but I do not understand it.
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.
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