A Japanese antique Hizen Imari porcelain pedestal bowl or compote and is called a chadōgu written 茶道具 in Japanese, also a haissen for the tea ceremony, It is used for rinsing the tea cups in the tea ceremony. It was made during the Hizen period as marked on the inside the bowl with the red and gold Hizen mark. Hizen is the broad term for Japanese ceramics and porcelains produced in the Hizen domain on the island of Kyushu of present-day Nagasaki and Saga Prefectures, which is where Imari is produced, during the Tokugawa Period of 1603-1868.
This is an extremely finely decorated example of a pedestal bowl from the Hizen period probably from the late 1700's to mid-1800's, It is handmade and handformed in nice form, a tall kodai or foot and a hexagonal shaped bowl and rim called rokkakubachi. The rim and much of the bowl is painted in deep blue overglaze enamels highlighted in gold, including the wide stylised flowers around the side connected with the beautiful octopus pattern or tako-karakusa in between the flowers. Tako Karakusa motif so popular for hundreds of years on Arita porcelain has its origins in Chinese Chizou stoneware exported to Japan in the Yuan and early Ming period. The flowers disappeared from the hana-karakusa, and in the 19th-century the vines were simplified, creating a great shift to the mijin-karakusa. I am not sure of this flower design but the entire design around the side of the bowl is highly stylized and quite intense and beautiful. The inside of the bowl is delicately painted in small flowers and leaves in rose and green with gold. It is a very beautiful piece in excellent condition with no cracks chips or repairs. One of the most beautiful compote I have seen, made by a very talented artist of the Edo period.
SIZE: Diameter 5.9 inches or 15 cm, Height 4.7 inches or 12 cm, Weight 690 grams or 1 1/2 lbs prepacked
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Edo-Period Japanese Porcelain, Excerpts the Met Museum
Porcelains called Imari or Arita previously belonged to the Hizen area during the Edo period. The Japanese porcelain industry was actually pioneered by Korean potters living in Japan. Many of them came to Japan during two invasions of Korea led by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 1590s. An appreciation of Korean ceramics had recently developed in Japan, and many of the feudal lords who accompanied Hideyoshi brought back Korean potters to build up the ceramic industry in their territories. The Nabeshima lord took Korean potters back to his province of Hizen on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s main islands. These potters would eventually become the first producers of porcelain in Japan, but they started out by reviving the production of a type of stoneware called Karatsu warewhen in the early seventeenth century the Korean potters living in the Arita district of Hizen found suitable clay for the manufacture of porcelain, the infrastructure for its production was already in place. The Hizen region thus became the major center of porcelain production in Japan.
See the rest if the article by Anna Willmann, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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. 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 under glazes 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. Today, Imari and Arita are used interchangeable in Japan. Several porcelains are considered to fall under Arita, including Hirado, Kakiemon, and Nabeshima. Many porcelains also fall under Mino ware, including Seto, Mino and Oribe.