This Japanese vintage set of five Imari-yaki porcelain bowls were 'Made in' or 'Arita-sei' as written in Japanese, 有田制. They are wonderfully decorated with sparrow or 'スズメ Suzume' walking on a bamboo leaf. The sides are also decorated, with a motif which represents a dagger or Samurai sword. They were made during the Taisho period of 1912-1926, so close to antiques. They are handmade porcelain, and hand decorated in underglaze blue with a touch of brown. They have a wonderful six sided up-turned rim, so would be called a 'Rokkakubachi hachi', for a six-sided flared top bowl. The size is referred to namasu size which is 5.9 to 8.25 inches and which has various daily uses. The bowls are very beautiful.
They were a purchase from Japan. They are in excellent condition, no cracks or chips, there are some minor scratches on the bottoms. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. These have no smells, this is a trustworthy dealer known to us that we have been buying from for a while.
SIZE: Length 5.12 inches or 13 cm, Width 4.33 inches or 11 cm, Height 1.97 inches or 5 cm,
About Arita porcelain, or ’Arita-sei’ 有田制, Made in Arita.
Arita 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 . Imari or Arita porcelain has been produced continuously until the present date.
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.