This Japanese Edo antique Hizen Imari some-nishiki means beautiful dish among other things and that it is. It was made during the late Edo period of the 1800's between 1800 and 1868 according to the seller. It is finely handmade in Imari jiki or hard paste porcelain. It is decorated in great detail by hand then hand painted. t is hand decorated in Kindrande red and gold overglaze with cobalt blue underglaze and other colors or called Nishiki-de means a style of a nishiki weaving which has multi-color decoration with gold.Nishiki' written 錦 means brocade, or something gorgeous or colorful. 'Some' 染め付け can mean how it is painted, dyed, or printed on; blue and white ceramics or blue and white porcelain, again in this case in kinrande and underglaze cobalt. With the gold, it is then called Nishiki-de. The sides are decorated in an intense arabesque design. The mark is an old Imari mark and I think it means "beautiful Imari" but I need to check back ona discussion I had last night with someone to confirm. It is an old Imari mark,
It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. 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 in Japan.
Size: Namasu or Diameter 5.9 or 15 cm, Heigth 1.5 inches or 3.7 cm
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Hizen is a name of the province in the Edo period which included present-day Saga and Nagasaki prefectures. 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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