These Japanese antique Imari porcelain pair of dishes would be perfect as reference ware, although the cracks are not through and throughs and could be used for decorating still. The decorations are beautiful. They date to the first half of the 19th-century Edo period, between 1800-1850's. Of course, they are all handmade. They have a very nice shape as a low-sided bowl. The top half blooms out and opens up the bowl. The designs inside create the effect of water flow around the fish with inscribed wave tips going against the key design border. Inside three silver fish and yellow flowers float along in sea-green water. The scalloped border flattens out to a beautiful blue painting. They would also make great samples for kintsugi gold repair.
Other than the one-sided cracks on the bottom, they are in good condition. Very fine 150+-year-old Imari dishes with the design giving it a very modern effect no doubt from a very skilled potter and artist. We have a single dish just like this which is in excellent condition.
SIZES: Diameter Length 6.2 inches or cm, Height 2.0inches or cm, Weight 270 grams or about one-third of a pound, on the heavy side.
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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