These Japanese vintage set of five Imari porcelain Kozara side or lunch plates were made in the early 20th century. Kozara refers to the size of a plate between 3 1/8 and 5 7/8 inches. Their size is perfect for sandwiches by the pool, breakfast for two with serving plates, side plates for a dinner, just as a few functions. They are made of the medium-thin type Imari porcelain or jiki and beautifully hand formed by an artisan into leaves. They are glazed, and in small overglaze enamels are painted a group of three candles, a gate, and a bunch of flowers. They have a smaller uplifting kodai or foot as we began to see in the early 20th century. They are well cared for and in very good overall condition with no cracks or chips. They are nice medium size side plates of very lovely artisan made near antique Imari.
SIZE: Lenght 6.1 inches or 15.49 cm, Width 5.7 inches or 14..47 cm, Height 1.2 inches or 3.04 cm
In excellent condition, no cracks or chips. 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.
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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.