This Japanese Antique Edo Imari serving bowl of red and blue was most likely made in the early to mid-1800s Edo period, it is possible to be older. It is the heavy type Imari porcelain and is handmade with a thick body and very heavy. It has a very nice round shape. It has smooth rims and a great kodai or foot. It is decorated in predominately red and blue, with some green of the grass decorations. It is my understanding from a friend who works in an auction house in Japan that the blue cylindrical shape represents the wind, but in this case, it appears to represent a scroll rolling out to show a bonsai tree which is very beautifully decorated with white flowers. The under and overglaze painting on this piece is done with expert work and great precision. On the top is seen what appears to be a lady's floral purse. There are maru-mon and other decorations about including what appears to be a Japanese doll and one item in gold- maybe representing a piece of jewelery or hairpiece. I believe therefore this piece represents the belongings of a certain Japan woman. It is in unbelievably excellent condition, no cracks or chips with some surface wear only, please see the pictures for more.
SIZE Approximately: Diameter 8.5 inches or cm, Height 3.5 inches or 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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