This Japanese antique set of blue and white Imari plates has the motif of the popular tako-karakusa, a decoration that goes back hundreds of years of the arabesque octopus vine design. it is fine. The plate themselves are namasu or side plate size and date to the Meiji period of 1868-1912. Of course, they are hand made. The are hand decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels in blue. This is a very popular design. Two plates have a very small chip to the foot rim but otherwise in excellent condition.
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size: Diameter 5.0 inches or 12.8 cm, Height 1.3 inches or 3.3 cm
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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. Evidently there is possible some relationship to Hasami Porcelain for this piece, but I do not understand it.
Imari was simply 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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