This Japanese Antique Imari Blue Charger or Platter was made during the Meiji period, as usually represented by the one stilt or spur mark in the center bottom of the plate. Unfortunately, it landed right on top of the old mark, so we are unable to tell the mark or whether this was attributed to a specific kiln! It is very beautiful with many different Japanese motif and unusual, lovely colors. This would make a great decorative piece. Probably the Japanese Ume or plum branch tree, the round dragon motif, a maple leaf, and many other motif. It is hand made and hand decorated in underglaze blue with overglaze enamels, please excuse the glare in some of the pictures! It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips, a purchase from an auction in the U.S.
SIZE: 10 inches or 25.4 cm
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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