This Japanese antique Imari-yaki 伊万里焼 porcelain scalloped compote was made about 150 years ago, at the end of the late Edo period, the years ruled by the Shogun of 1603-1868. It is handmade by a Japanese specialist of fine old Imari porcelain in the heavier old Imari type porcelain, which is most often used for the compotes. A compote is a usually considered a dish on a supporting stem or a stand usually used to hold fruit, candy or sometimes relishes, in which case the dish or bowl may be divided or segmented. In Japan, the same style dish is sometimes used in the tea ceremony to rinse the tea cups. This compote is very finely decorated in a combination of underglaze blue and overglaze blue enamels, each overlapping each other creating a fine 3D effect. The rim is scalloped very finely, almost the size of the artist thumb, perhaps. The rim is also decorated with a fine combination of underglaze blue and overglaze enamel. It is decorated in a free flowing form of butterflies and flowers around the side, and a combination of heavy floral decorations in the center. It is in very good antique condition, it has a nice heavy pedestal which is still very stable. There are no cracks or chips at all that I can find. It has a very nice glaze still thick. There are two dark spots of age in the center, but otherwise, this is in great condition and a gorgeous old Imari compote.
SIZE : Diameter 5.1 inches or 12.95 cm. Height 4.0 inches or 10.16 cm. Weight 420 grams or almost one pound
Imari porcelain 伊万里焼き
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 transshipment port for Arita wares. There are many styles of Imari, 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. These wares 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 to the present day. See more history of Imari on Gotheborg's, and through the several links to other Imari sites in our Favorites Links on our Homepage and so much more in many books that can also be found on the internet.
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