This signed Japanese Antique 18c Imari-yaki 伊万里焼 porcelain dish is a perfect reference piece for the famous Tako-karakusa design. This refers to the very detailed and intricate design of the 'arabesque octopus vine '. It is over 200 years old, from the 18th century of the Japanese Edo Period. Of course, it is an old handmade piece. It is hand decorated in blue underglaze in the very popular arabesque octopus vine design. Unfortunately, it has some cracks. Please see the last picture. But, it made it fine all the way from Japan and the cracks are not all the way through, and we pack very well. please check our feedback. They could be glued or repaired to stabilize, I suppose, but would be a perfect piece to practice the Japanese gold repair of 'Kintsugi' on. Please take this for what it is, an excellent example of a Japanese old Imari porcelain plate, as a great reference piece. 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 are careful to check incoming items for any unusual smells. Again please let us know if you have any questions. This is a purchase from a well- known and honest, quality antique dealer.
The signature reads Fuki Choshun as written it is 冨貴長春.. According to the website Gotheborg, it means quoyw 'Wealth, Nobility, Longevity and Youth', also translated as 'Good fortune and long life' or 'Wealth and Everlasting Spring'. Alternative translations add that fuki (huki) also means 'peonies and is a symbol of wealth' and choshun means roses, a symbol of everlasting spring as in, 'forever young'. This mark was mainly used during the Meiji Period, from 1868-1912. During this period, Japan moved from being an isolated society to one with more open trade, where this one of the earliest trademarks not imitating a Chinese Imperial Nian HaoThis is an as-is purchase. A very gorgeous piece purchased from Japan and an excellent example of the octopus vine.
SIZE: Diameter 7.1 inches or 18 cm, Height 1.2 inches or 3 cm Weight 11.64 oz.
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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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