This large antique Imari porcelain blue and white bowl dates to the turn of the century Meiji period of 1868-1912. It is handmade with fine old Imari 'jiki' or porcelain. It is hand painted in underglaze blues with decoration looking much like Seto ware, in very fine paintings of butterflies over chrysanthemums and other flowers on the inside. As most old Imari, the outside is also decorated. It is a lovely piece. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips, there is probably some minor surface age wear but not readily apparent.
Size: Diameter 8.77 inches or 22.5 cm, Height 3.51 inches or 9 cm. Weight 995 grams or 2.19 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. 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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