This Japanese Antique Imari Porcelain Nakazaro Hakkaku-zara Plate dates to the Meiji period, it was made between 1868-1912. It is a very beautiful high-quality piece. Nakazaro refers to the size between 8.25 and 10 inches, Hakkaku-zara to the octagonal shape. This was handmade and all hand painted. The colors are rich. It is full of design. In the center, either a bird form of a Kappa is drawn which I have seen in many forms, or it is the Phoenix bird, I am not sure which but either way it is in a very creative form.
It is decorated with alternating fuku mark and maru-mon in the blue and red sections. The fuku mark is the mark of happiness and the maru mon the circle with designs in it. This is laid out in the kuwari, or designs in sectional panels. On a Hakkaku-zara or octagonal plate it is called 'Kuwari Hakkaku'. And all that it quite a mouthful for one plate, The rich dominating color of blue is quite magnificent, combined with red and a little green. This is all highlighted in gold. It has a very nice foot or kodai. Around the bottom rim is a decoration that looks like a vine or chain called karakusa which is a simple arabesque form. Thank you Emiko for all this information from her Imari site. It is a larger plate. it is signed on the bottom bu the artist in a red fuku mark of happiness.
It has just a little age wear around the rim but nothing significant. It has 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: Diameter 9 ¾ inches or 24.76 cm, Height 1.5 inches or 3.81 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. 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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