This Japanese vintage Imari Arita large porcelain or 'jiki' platter or charger is a very decorative piece of a landscape. In traditional Japanese blue and white on fine porcelain, mountains and trees surround homes in a valley that truly represents the Japanese scenery. It is handmade, and hand decorated underglaze blues and overglaze enamels. The one stilt mark and the tall foot rim in addition to the shape probably dates it to the late Meiji through early Showa periods at the turn of the century or a little later. It is a beautiful piece. It has an inscribed mark on the bottom of old Imari. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. Please see our many other Imari items of all styles and ages.
Size: 12.25 inches or 31 cm, Weight 1 kg or 2.20 lbs.
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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