This Japanese Edo antique Azure glazed scalloped plate with a very fine pale gold painting of lovely designs was made over 150 years ago in the 1800’s Edo period of Japan. This is made as a fuka-zara or deep plate to allow any sauces and such and also noodle dishes remain in the plate. The rim is a fancy scalloped or fluted rim which is often called brim in Japan. Imari this old is always handmade and decorated by hand, then hand glazed before firing.
Azure glaze is made by adding cobalt to another glaze to create this very fine color. It is highly decorated in a pale gold, a beautiful color which almost looks silver. Or, it may be a silver and gold mix- it is not a color due to fading or anything like that. Very decorative ‘maru-mon’ or circles with decorations have the alternating motif of an origami crane, the toy temuku ball, and a pine branch. The other circles have the Japanese motif which has a special name I have lost at the moment, of a plover and a special flower motif, and a scattering on each side which looks like stars or fairy dust! I think there is a special meaning to these motif of maru-mon, and I do not know it yet. Each maru-mon is decorated around the border with more circular form and flame style forms. Each maru-mon has a scattering of pink in color on the flowers and toy. The rim is bordered with an old Chinese decoration.
In the center an important fuku mark is painted called ‘kotobuki’. The main purpose and meaning of the mark is to ;express auspiciousness’, and by extension, it can mean ‘longevity,’ ‘to celabrate a happy occasion r ‘寿宴, juen’, ‘celebratory ‘sake’ for a happy occasion or ‘寿酒, jushu’, a ‘cup for toasting at a happy occasion or 寿杯, jyuhai’, and so on. All of these fine plates are in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. There is some very minor loss of the pale gold painting in a few areas mostly on one plate but they are still very fine. We have three of these numbered 1-3 and will consider a discount for all three, we wanted you to able to see each plate.
Diameter 9.5 inches or 24.13 cm, Height 1.6 inches or 4.06 cm. Weight 550 grams just a little over ½ lbs.
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 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. 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.
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