This Japanese antique sometsuke Imari pair of dishes are decorated with a kirin in the center. The kirin is the Japanese mystic giraffe, Kirin is the Japanese form of 'qilin', which has also come to be used in the modern Japanese word for a giraffe. Japanese art tends to depict the kirin as more deer-like than in Chinese art, the kirin is often depicted as part human and part deer. Surrounding the deer in a wide border around the side of the plate is a wonderful border with many money bags, and the symbol of good luck and fortunate.
It is a samurai motif plate as well, with a samurai style weapon fan as one of the items around the money bags, and a crossed dagger motif between the money bag decorations. Floating around are coins and other type samurai hand weapons, this is a great piece with great decoration. Of course, they are handmade. They are hand decorated with great skill and painted in sometsuke or underglaze blue, with a very fine polished shine. They were made by a very skilled artist in the latest part of the Edo according to the seller in Japan, so they are about 150 years old dating to between the 1850s and 1868 when the Meiji period began.
They are in excellent condition with no cracks or chips, there are a few minor age spots here and there, mostly on the bottom. They are very clean and were well care for. On the bottom they are signed with the 'Tomi' mark written 富 which means "wealth and wealth", a good one to have. I was close but had it wrong the first time thank you, Sue Lynn Takagi. There are also more decorations around the outside. A very lovely pair of old Imari bowls.
SIZE: Diameter 5.9 inches or 14.98 cm, Height 1.9 inches or 4.82 cm.
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.
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