This Japanese Antique Imari Blue Porcelain Pair of Bowls was made during the Meiji period and over 100 years old. I have never seen Imari yaki quite like this and the seller from Japan, a known and trusted dealer says that they are a rare design and shape. They have a low bowl round shape, handmade. They are painted in underglaze celadon. A shell, flower, and figure of a horse are painted in gorgeous silver and coral overglaze enamels, adorned by leaves and pine needles. I do not know the symbolism of that nor the three items together but feel certain there must be one and with a name, on my radar to find out. The rim is decorated in a silver scallop. They have a simple beauty to them and an air of serenity. They are in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. They have nice little kodai or feet which have some staining to them but otherwise very fine.
Size: Diameter 4.6 inches or 11.7 cm, Height 2.4 inches or 6 cm, Weight for both 500 grams or 17.64 oz.
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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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